community health

Alzheimer's Learning Day | Sep 21

Sep 10, 2017

Every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease. The already vast number of individuals living with the disease is expected to more than triple – from 5 million today to more than 16 million by 2050. With this, so too, will the number of family members and friends who will help support their care needs.

Currently, more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for those living with Alzheimer’s/dementia. These caregivers often feel isolated, unsure of how others will act, and looking for support in their local communities.

There is more to health than trips to the gym, says Alisha Brown, vice president of the Be Well Health and Wellness Initiative.  Brown visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe the big picture, and Saturday's Tailgate Party in the Stapleton neighborhood.

"We work with six different neighborhoods, and health continued to come up as an issue," said Brown.  The Be Well Initiative, a project of The Stapleton Foundation, works in Northeast Park Hill, Greater Park Hill, Stapleton, East Montclair, Northwest Aurora and Montbello.