Why I Volunteer

By Gary Metzger

The reason I volunteer is because I like to keep purposefully busy in my retirement.

Gary pictured left with friends including one who died from early-onset Alzheimer’s.

When a close friend was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and I witnessed his rapid decline in both mental and physical capabilities, I knew I had found a purpose to focus my energies on. 

I did some research and learned two important things.

  • First, Alzheimer’s is much more than one of its most common symptoms, memory loss.  
  • Secondly, there is much more that needs to be done in the field of research to find better treatments and a cure.  

With those thoughts in mind, I found a wonderful opportunity to volunteer at the Alzheimer’s Association in Florida. I help by submitting information about upcoming Association events to local media outlets. This helps increase attendance at these events, which in turn helps spread the knowledge of topics like: what Alzheimer’s disease is, how to care for those afflicted, where to go for help and many other associated topics. 

In addition, I hope that as a greater understanding of this disease spreads, people will be encouraged to make donations to help with ongoing research efforts to find treatments and ultimately a cure.

Statistics show that the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s is expected to rise significantly in the next 10-20 years. I would strongly encourage those looking for meaningful ways to volunteer their time to consider the Alzheimer’s Association as an appropriate way to do so.

Published by Alzheimer's Association, Florida

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our three Florida chapters serve all 67 counties with education and support in addition to raising funds for research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

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