Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that causes problems with your memory, thinking and behavior. I’m sure we all know someone that has been affected by this horrible disease. Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. It is not part of normal aging, it gets worse over time and there is no cure. Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5 million Americans live with the disease, costing nearly $260 billion a year. Without any treatment, those numbers are projected to increase to 16 million Americans with the disease, with a cost of over $1 trillion a year, by the year 2050. Those are frightening numbers and we should all be concerned.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
My niece has done much to support this organization and its cause. She is on the committee that organizes the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Mercer County, NJ. She walks to raise money every year since being called to action by her experience working in home health care. There, she had the opportunity to work one on one with people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. She was heartbroken seeing people forget how to do basic every day things. I have always contributed to her campaigns in the past, but now I have decided to join the cause.
I will donate $1 to the Alzheimer’s Association for each person that likes my Facebook page, follows me on Twitter and subscribes to follow my blog from now until Christmas up to $1,000. To subscribe, just go to the bottom of any page on my website and enter your e-mail address. I will update you on the progress periodically and post the final donation amount on Christmas Day.
If you want more information about Alzheimer’s, wish to donate or to join the cause please head over to alz.org