Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis. Some 5.7 million Americans are living with it today and that number is projected to grow to nearly 14 million by 2050. It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more Americans than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. I’m leading off with these startling facts and figures to drive home the point that Alzheimer’s is not only a serious condition, it’s more prevalent than you might think.
When it comes to fighting Alzheimer’s, awareness is key. Oftentimes, we choose to ignore – or put off – those things that we associate with end of life. It’s human nature. But the truth is, we don’t have to accept Alzheimer’s as a given if we live to a certain age. It’s not. The more we know about Alzheimer’s today, the better our chances are for early detection and helping to advance research to fight the disease. At
Home Instead, we care for those with Alzheimer’s across our network. We know all too well how the disease progresses and slowly steals vitality away from the once vital. We know how deeply it affects families. And, most important, we know that there is hope. That hope is built on a wave of awareness that grows with increased volunteerism and funding that fuel research to identify treatments and, just maybe, a cure.
Recently, Lakelyn Hogan, our gerontologist and Alzheimer’s caregiver advocate attended the Alzheimer’s Association’s Leadership Summit in San Antonio, TX to learn even more about the state of our fight against this horrible disease. The short story from that meeting is that we’re making progress. Here are five key take-aways from the summit that give us hope in the fight against Alzheimer’s:
These five take-aways demonstrate there’s hope. We all have a brain, so we all have a reason to support the fight against Alzheimer’s. And, as more of us join the battle, hope will swell. To get involved in the fight, click
here. If you need support caring for someone living with this disease, please call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900. If you need a community of online supporters to rally around you, begin following the
Remember For Alzheimer’s Facebook page. Take support one step further and
receive a weekly email from Lakelyn with caregiving tips and hope to help you along the caregiving continuum.
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