Chicago actress puts faith into Alzheimer’s fundraiser

(Ina Bochian)

This year, for her annual Alzheimer’s and Dementia Fundraiser, Chicago-based actress and author, Ina Bochian, will host a book club and a series of wellness events between April 19th and July 18th.  The raised proceeds will benefit HFC.

Founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and wife Lauren Miller Rogen, HFC is “a national non-profit organization whose mission is to care for families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, inspire the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates, and be leaders in brain health research and education.”  

Bochian has dubbed this year’s event is Just Enough Faith to Fight for HFC & Mental Health.  

Ina Bochian and Lauren Miller Rogen

More than 6 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 13 million. In the United States Alzheimer’s and Dementia deaths have increased by 16% during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And between 2000 and 2019, deaths from heart disease decreased by 7.3%, while death associated with Alzheimer’s increased by 145%.

Using her deep faith as a resource, Bochian, is a firm believer that fitness, proper nutrition, mediation and faith help mental health management and healing.

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In past years, Ina has organized & hosted other events to raise funds and awareness including, a yoga event, a boxing event, a beauty event, and a virtual event with fellow creatives.

It’s More Than Hair, We Care Mental Health Event at Paul Chambers Salon to support HFC & Hope for the Day 2019 (guests getting hair done) 
Photo: Daniel Livingstone 

This will be the fifth year in a row, Ina has worked on her birthday to help HFC support Alzheimer’s research. 

The first session of the book club series began April 19th and the featured title was, The XX Brain by Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D. The book club is FREE for all caregivers of Alzheimer’s & Dementia patients. Others who want to support will gain access to the Book club for a $25 dollar donation to HFC. 

In addition to reading the club, Bochian will lead wellness workshops which apply the information found in the book to real life situations.

She will also offer journaling workshops and help participants develop a well-rounded wellness routine so that they can have the tools to take preventative measures to fight Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other mental health challenges. 

Look for information, ranging from how to donate to volunteering, on Ina’s Instagram account.