In an effort to raise awareness and funds to support people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will host its first-ever telethon. The “Together for Care” telethon airs on NBC this Saturday (Dec. 4).
Host Al Roker and other celebrities, including musical acts Wilson Phillips and Kris Allen, will gather for the event which seeks to educate the public about preparing to care and explains how Alzheimer’s also impacts families and caregivers.
The telethon will include a look at the current state of Alzheimer’s disease from the perspective of medical experts and families who are caring for loved ones. All the money raised during the telethon will benefit AFA critical-care related programs and services to individuals with dementia and their families.
“Our hope is that the Together for Care telethon will awaken the nation about the urgency of the need for care and cure for Alzheimer’s disease,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s CEO. “Alzheimer’s disease is hitting home more and more each day, and with each case, the need for resources becomes that much more pressing. We must motivate the nation to pay attention and to pitch in. This health-care crisis must be a national priority.”