Awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s

New Club at CHS
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Looking to support the fight against a disease that affects more than five million people in the United States? Chatham High School’s newest club is the ADA (Awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s), spearheaded by Chatham math teacher Mrs. Winters and juniors Jacqueline Hickey and Emily Conlin. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death as well as the fifth leading cause of death for adults over the age of 65. With estimates that the percentage of those who suffer from the disease will increase in the upcoming years, the ADA hopes to increase awareness about what Alzheimer’s and dementia are, and their prominence in the community.


The club’s conception began when Mrs. Winters was approached by former students who, like her, had family members affected by the disease. The ADA plans on accomplishing some great goals in its first year in hopes of educating others in the community and helping the cause. Along with fundraising, they hope to offer support to those with friends and family who are affected by the disease and create a community that is dedicated to educating about Alzheimer’s and Dementia. With close to sixty members in their Schoology group and about fifty students attending the first meeting, it is clear that the CHS students are responding positively to the club and are excited to be involved.


One of the innovative fundraising techniques the ADA has devised is already in effect. Says Mrs. Winters, “Every four seconds someone is diagnosed with dementia. To help students and faculty remember this statistic, we will be selling Arnold Palmer’s at lunch and after school (that is once every 4 days).” In addition to several projects and events being assembled, the club plans on hosting an upcoming bowl-a-thon at a date to be determined. Another great project coming soon will be the opportunity to decorate a school bulletin board with pictures of staff/student loved ones taken by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The club is encouraging all students and staff to participate regardless of membership as it is a fantastic way to honor the victim’s memory.


The ADA plans to assemble meetings once a month in the coming future in the anticipated location of B154 during both halves of lunch. However, students may find any information about an alternate location noted on future fliers/emails. If you would like to get involved in the club in any way, please email Mrs. Winters or reach out to Emily Conlin or Jacqueline Hickey, the founders of the club.