National Caregiver Appreciation Month: November 2023

Taking a moment to honor our unsung heroes 

November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month! Let’s take a moment to honor the unsung heroes who selflessly dedicate their time and energy to caring for others. Whether it’s a family member, a professional caregiver, or a friend, caregivers play a crucial role in our lives, providing love and support when we need it most.

Other notable celebrations in the month of November include…

  • Daylight Savings Day, November 5th
  • U.S. Election Day, November 7th
  • Veterans Day, November 11th
  • Thanksgiving, November 23rd
  • Native American Heritage Day, November 24th

Global Diversity Awareness Month: October 2023

Why we celebrate Global Diversity Month

This October, celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month and pay tribute to the diverse minds and beliefs held by all cultures around the world. We live in a multicultural society and embracing the values of various cultures only strengthens our understanding and appreciation of the world. Open your mind to new views and ideas, appreciate cultural differences, and enjoy a fresh perspective you may have been missing. It helps you become a true citizen of the world. 

Other notable celebrations in the month of October include…

  • National Coffee day, October 1st
  • Mental health Awareness week, October 7th
  • Indigenous Peoples Day, October 11th
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness, October 25

Self-Care Awareness Month: September 2023

Why Self-Care matters:

September is National Self-Care Awareness Month! A whole month dedicated to the opportunity to spreading information about the philosophy of self-awareness, the conscious experience of one’s personality or individuality. Being self aware means recognizing your consciousness or person’s awareness of their environment, body, and lifestyle. 

We want to challenge you to commit to tracking your self-care this month. Put yourself on the top of your To-do list and try your best to do at least one thing each day to help you feel cared for.

Other notable celebrations this month include…

  • Labor Day 
  • 9/11 Remembrance Day 
  • First Day of Fall  
  • National Grandparents Day 

National Immunization Month: August 2023

Happy August! August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). After living through a global pandemic, it is essential to remember the importance of yearly immunizations. This month highlights the importance of routine vaccination for people of all ages. Immunization currently prevents 3.5-5 million deaths yearly from diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza and measles.

Other notable celebrations in the month of August include…

  • Back to School Month
  • American Artists Appreciation Month
  • Family Fun Month 
  • Purple Heart Day
  • The Perseid Meteor Shower

“August was first called Sextillia – the Roman word for “sixth”, as it was the sixth month of the Roman year. It was later changed to August by the Emperor Augustus, named a

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Social Wellness Month: July 2023

Social Wellness and Why it Matters

July is Social Wellness month, and after living through a worldwide pandemic, let’s take advantage of opportunities for socializing! It is so important to recognize the need for Social Wellness, especially for Older Americans who experienced so much isolation during the Covid pandemic. Studies have found that people who stay social tend to live longer, have healthier cardiovascular systems, and respond better to stress. Ways to practice social wellness can include planting in your neighborhood garden, joining a gym or exercise group, or going out for coffee with a friend. Let us know how you practice Social Wellness!

Other notable celebrations in the month of July include…

-Independence Day, July 4

-Disability Pride Month

-Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

-Plastic Free July

“July was named in honor of Julius Caesar. Quintilis, which was his birth month, was renamed July when he died. Quintilis means “fifth month” in Latin, which represents where this month originally fell in the Roman calendar.”

Learn more about the history of previous months here.

President & CEO of Alzheimer’s Association Update

This message is sent to all Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Impact Movement board members, all Alzheimer’s Association staff, and volunteers and supporters of AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Today, we are living history: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted traditional approval of lecanemab, sold under the brand name Leqembi, for the treatment of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. This is the first traditional approval granted for an Alzheimer’s treatment that changes the underlying course of the disease. Learn more here

In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will cover the treatment through Medicare. Read our statement here

The Alzheimer’s Association has long been the leading voice on behalf of people living with this fatal disease. They deserve the opportunity to discuss and choose, with their doctors and family, whether an approved treatment is right for them with as few barriers as possible. 

We owe a debt of thanks to all who worked to make this happen: bipartisan members of Congress, state attorneys generalclinicians, and, most importantly, the thousands of our volunteers from communities all across the country. 

While this is a tremendous step forward, the Alzheimer’s Association’s work is far from done. We won’t rest until everyone living with Alzheimer’s — at any stage — can get the treatment, care and support they need and deserve. 

The next few weeks and months are critically important. We will work closely with CMS, other payers, the physician community, our health systems and other community partners to work toward a smooth rollout for patients who can benefit. 

Thank you for all you do to move our mission forward. You can always find additional information at or at our 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900).
Joanne Pike, DrPH
President & CEO

Alzheimer’s Rally for Access

CMS… Fix this mess!

Today we’ve have made progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s with new FDA-approved treatments, but an unprecedented and unjust decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is blocking access to these treatments! CMS is denying access to all current and future FDA-approved treatments addressing the underlying cause of the disease. This coverage determination was the first time ever that CMS chose to not have Medicare cover an FDA-approved drug. Which is why CMS must reverse its decision! These treatments are proven to slow the progression of the disease. Leading Alzheimer’s researchers and clinicians overwhelmingly agree that patients should have access to these treatments. Access to these treatments means more time for the person living with early Alzheimer’s. They allow people more time with loved ones, more time to enjoy life, and remain independent longer.

On Friday June 16th, our local Retirement Connection team came out to share our support and our voices to reverse the devastating CMS decision denying Medicare coverage for Alzheimer’s treatment. The fight to treat Alzheimers has made progress but we need your support to make Alzheimers treatment barrier free. The event was led by our fearless leader Amy Schmidt along with Director of the Portland Alzheimers Association Tracey Morgan and, local Lake Oswego student advocate Joonseo Lee whom all spoke out about their direct involvement with the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We are officially in the era of treatment, but Medicare is treating Alzheimer’s differently than any other disease! This is disease discrimination, plain and simple. Every day without access to FDA-approved drugs, more than 2,000 people transition to a more advanced stage of Alzheimer’s where they are no longer eligible for treatment. We need CMS to step up, to listen to the community, to listen to the science and to stop blocking access to these treatments! Let’s tell them why we need Access NOW! ” says Amy Schmidt.

Together, let’s fight for more time, more memories, and a brighter future. We would like to give a big PURPLE thank you to the Portland Alzheimers Association for hosting the Rally For Access. #AccessNow #Rally4access

“The Alzheimer’s Association welcomes and celebrates this action by the FDA Advisory Committee to support traditional approval of Leqembi for people with early Alzheimer’s,” said Joanne Pike, DrPH, Alzheimer’s Association president and CEO. “With this action we are one step closer to more people living with Alzheimer’s having more time with more of their capabilities intact — to do the things they want to do and love to do best.”

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Pride Month: June 2023

Celebrate Pride, Without Exception

The month of June is celebrated as LGBTQ Pride Month to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, an event that became essential to the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. Initially, the last Sunday in June was celebrated as “Gay Pride Day”, but the one day quickly grew into a month-long series of celebrations including parades, festivals, concerts, workshops, and other events that attract millions from around the world. The purpose of these events are to honor the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history.

This year, the Human Rights Campaign is celebrating Pride, without exception. Together we can rise up and fight until we have freedom without exception, liberation without exception, joy without exception and pride without exception.

Other notable celebrations in the month of June include…

-Father’s Day, June 19

-Juneteenth, June 19

-The Longest Day, June 21

June is named after the Roman goddess Juno – the god of marriage and childbirth, and the wife of Jupiter, king of the gods.

Learn more about the history of previous months here.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Month: May 2023

Mental Health and Fighting the Stigma

Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Every year during the month of May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Together, we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

Other Notable Celebrations in May include…

-Asian American Pacific Islander Month

-Memorial Day

-Cinco de Mayo

May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants.

Learn more about the history of previous months here.

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Stress Awareness Month: April 2023

Stress Awareness: How stress can affect your health

April is Stress Awareness Month, and we want to highlight the importance of recognizing when stress is affecting your physical and mental health. Stress can be debilitating, and can sometimes aggravate existing health problems. It is important to know when stress is taking over, and to learn what strategies work for you to help cope. Try a few of these techniques to help overcome the weight of the stress in your life. 

-Meditation: Learning how to quiet the mind can help quiet the sounds of stressors in our head. Even taking a few minutes a day to disconnect and take a few deep breaths can be beneficial in managing stress

-Exercise: Walking, biking, hiking, or lifting weights can all help to release stress in the physical body. Adding exercise and fresh air to your daily routine may reduce the amount of stress you’re currently experiencing

-See Your Doctor: If you’re experiencing stress that has become too overwhelming for daily life, make an appointment with your doctor. They can offer medical advice in order to deal with an overwhelming amount of stress

Learn more about Stress Awareness month and find more techniques to cope here.

Other notable celebrations in the month of April include…

-Easter – April 9th

-World Parkinson’s Day – April 11th

-Earth Day – April 22nd

-Celebrate Diversity Month

-Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April takes its name from the Latin word “aperire”, meaning “to open”, just like flowers do in spring.

Learn more about the history of previous months here.