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World Alzheimer’s Day September 21, 2009

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day- a day when the Alzheimer’s Association and other organizations around the globe unite efforts to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on families, communities and nations.

Dementia is an insidious disease that personally affects my family as my sweet and loving Dad has been diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). You can read about it on my LBD blog found here.

Here are some facts to consider:

  • According to the 2009 World Alzheimer’s Report, newly released today from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), there are 35 million people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • There are 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s.
  • There are 10 million Alzheimer caregivers.
  • Every 70 seconds, someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s.
  • There are 78 million US baby boomers who will be impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
  • The annual societal cost to our nation is $148 billion.
  • Worldwide, the economic cost of dementia has been estimated as $315 billion annually.
  • The US government only invests a meager $428 million dollars in Alzheimer research as compared to $6 billion for cancer, $4 billion for heart disease and $3 billion HIV/AIDS that has resulted in great advances.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association today. You can donate by clicking here. Your gift will help the Alzheimer’s Association fulfill its mission against Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, the promotion of brain health and providing care and support services to the estimated 5 million people in America living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • You can also write Congress now and urge them to support the Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act of 2009. It takes just a minute to help. Click here to take action.
  • September and October is also prime time for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk. The Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research – and it calls on people of all ages to take action in the fight. Year-round, participants are involved in efforts to help defeat this devastating disease. To find a walk near you, click here and find out more information, sign up, donate or volunteer. Get out there and walk!
  • To read more about the report released today, click here.

*Content for this entry taken from the Alzheimer’s Association website.

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