Volunteers needed to further mission

Contributed photoOn the left is Ariel Sookram, a community educator volunteer who lives in Greene County and volunteers in Columbia and Greene. On the right is Sana Masih, Alzheimer’s Association program manager for Columbia and Greene counties.

Right now, millions of Americans face the devastation of Alzheimer’s. This disease is robbing us of our families, our futures and our finances. At the Alzheimer’s Association, we work relentlessly to advance world-class research, ensure access to gold-standard care and support and engage mission-driven volunteers who make it all happen. We are currently looking to engage individuals to support our programs team, as well as activities related to fundraising and advocacy.

While we have a variety of opportunities to fit the interests, skills and availability of our volunteers, in the Columbia-Greene area specifically, we are looking for support group facilitators and community educators. Support group facilitators create a safe, open environment where people share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia. Community educators are volunteer public speakers who help the Alzheimer’s Association raise awareness, provide education and expand the reach of educational offerings in the community. These volunteers deliver presentations using prepared training materials on topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The year 2021 is shaping up to be a banner year in Alzheimer’s research. We saw some of the brightest minds work to identify better diagnostic tools and robust, disease-changing treatments for Alzheimer’s and dementia. You can help this era of advancement by registering for the Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch, a free, easy-to-use platform that matches individuals living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and healthy volunteers without dementia to current clinical studies. Without participation in clinical research, finding a cure for this devastating disease is unimaginable.

Our work is only possible with the help and support of volunteers. Join the fight and share your time, talent and passion. For more information, contact Victoria Bueno at 518.675.7201 or vbueno@alz.org.

Marisa Korytko is the Public Relations Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New York chapter. She can be reached at mekorytko@alz.org.

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