Allergan has announced a nationwide partnership with the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a family caregiver organization, to provide thank you meals to 1,000 family caregivers across the country through a new initiative called Take 1 Moment.
Family caregiving is an enormous and growing issue in Ireland, Allergen says. Last year caregivers provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care, a contribution to the nation valued at $217.7 billion.
“On World Alzheimer’s Day, we are extending our commitment to be there for families and loved ones living day-to-day with Alzheimer’s through initiatives like Take 1 Moment,” said Gavin Corcoran, MD, Chief Medical Officer.
“We support the campaign’s efforts to ease the burden on caregivers. We also remain committed to offering new therapeutic options for those with Alzheimer’s disease, such as NAMZARIC.”
Approximately 50 percent of people aged 85 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by mid-century someone will develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds and there will be nearly a million new cases per year.
The campaign asks people to #Take1Moment to share a memory or picture of someone they know or knew with Alzheimer’s disease on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. For the first 1,000 hashtags, the campaign will provide a thank you meal from Chef’d, a gourmet, fresh ingredient meal-kit delivery service, to a caregiver identified by CAN.