What is Operation KeepSafe® Challenge?
Simply put, it's a challenge to walk or run 60 miles in October over 31 days.
The challenge (#1) helps raise awareness for Dementia, those living with Dementia, caregivers/care partners, the Dementia Society, and our Operation KeepSafe program, and (#2) enables those who wish to fundraise on our behalf. Money raised through challenges helps fund our programs: awareness/education, local resources hotline (1-800-DEMENTIA®) and directory, life enrichment, recognition, and investment in outstanding care, innovation & research.
Operation KeepSafe is a Dementia Society life-enrichment program that provides medical ID kits and online profiles to individuals subject to elopement, getting lost, and critical wandering. To apply for yourself or a loved one, or to learn more about the program, click here.
Tell me more about the Dementia Society of America.
We're a national volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Please visit our home page, learn about our mission, and explore our entire site.
Do you have challenge shirts?
They're fantastic to wear, and show your love & support! The amount shown in our online shop is a donation.
The Fair Market Value (FMV) is a percent of the donated amount. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and therefore the donated amount is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your tax professional for more information.
Please, get your shirt and wear it with pride! Click here.
Is this challenge only on Facebook?
Yes. That doesn't mean you can't share your pix and participation on Instagram, Linked In, Twitter, or other social media platforms. Still, the registration, mile tracking, Messenger communications, and leaderboards are all handled on Facebook.
What hashtags should I use?
#OperationKeepSafeChallenge #DementiaSociety #DementiaAwareness
Must I donate to participate or ask others to do so?
We'd love it if you did, but no one is required to donate.
Must I pay a registration fee?
There's no registration fee.
Must I only walk or run?
You can also walk, run, roll, and crawl (well, we don't really suggest crawling), but you get the idea. Please log your miles traveled through Facebook Messenger after every portion of your journey - to be counted on the leaderboard.
When will miles start to be counted?
Your miles will start to be counted on the 1st of October. Once you're a part of the group, follow the instructions to access the "Menu" through Messenger to log miles.
When can I start my fundraising?
You may start a fundraiser and invite others to join you now. Please follow the instructions provided on the group home page to set one up.
Why 60 miles?
Some would say, "What?! OMG, 60 miles? That's a long way!" Well, you can accomplish the goal over the course of an entire month.
How many steps are in each mile?
A little over 2,000, on average. That means that if you walk 5,000 steps a day, you'll be doing a bit more than 2.5 miles, and 10,000 steps a day would be around 5 miles.
Can I use Strava, Garmin, Fitbit, or another wearable to synch miles?
We're sorry, but we're not able to connect electronic devices at this time.
Why only 60 miles; can I set a higher goal?
Suppose 60 miles is your typical weekend jaunt, then LEVEL UP! Set a goal that is uniquely challenging for YOU!
Selected Past Top Fundraisers
If you respond to one of our Facebook ads, we ask that you please provide a few key bits of information to join our private group:
First Name, Last Name, Email Address, etc.
Then, after you join the private group, you will find the instructions to register in Messenger and create your fundraiser. Here's what it looks like on the group page:
Welcome to the Operation KeepSafe Challenge Facebook Group
Get ready to fundraise and SMASH your goal in October by following these three simple steps:
You'll be provided a link to register in Messenger. There, you'll log miles.
We'll automatically create your Facebook fundraiser.
Finally, comment 'DONE' so we know you're ready.
Thank you so much for taking on this challenge. In addition to the awareness aspects of this challenge, money raised will help enhance the quality of life for those living with Dementia, along with caregivers and the community
LET'S GET MOVING!
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