Who’s Gonna Take Care of Me Promotes Year-round Giving to Benefitting Alzheimer’s Dementia Patients
Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic in America, and low-income patients and their caregivers often face shortages
of basic supplies such as diapers, shoes, toothpaste and other essentials.
Christmas may be an already distant memory for most people, but the “Elves for Alzheimer’s” at
Whosgonnatakecareofme.com are working year-round to continue gift-giving efforts benefitting Alzheimer’s and
Dementia patients, as well as their caregivers.
The Who’s Gonna Take Care of Me (WGTCOM) charitable organization was established in 2015 to raise
awareness of the needs lower-income patients placed in care facilities that are often lacking in resources
and family support.
In December, WGTOM collaborated with the L.A.-based 501c3 Urban Community Access Network (UCAN) and
Sherril Rieux, M.D., to launch a Christmas-inspired event called “Elves for Alzheimer’s,” a gift-giving project that
benefitted more than 100 Los Angeles area Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients and 40 caregivers. Patients often
run out of basic supplies like adult diapers, and I began buying extras in bulk to help accommodate other patients.
“The problem is that some of these facilities are taking care of residents who depend on SSI and Medical, which
limits the supplies they can buy each month,. They are not getting enough to get them through the month, and
when they run out, they run out.”
Our Short Story
Some patients are not being visited or supplemented by family members, and these are the patients
who suffer the most. When I noticed one patient whose shoes had deteriorated to the point that they
needed to be taped to hold them on her feet, I went out and purchased a pair of shoes for the grateful
woman the next day. The experience motivated me to launch Who’s Gonna Take Care of Me.
The elves plan to keep the momentum going throughout the year bringing entertainment and cheer to
this “invisible” community of patients and caregivers,