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5.5 Million People Slipping Away...
...and this is the best chance to hold on to them.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's is coming up soon in my area. I will be walking. My motivation is deeply personal since I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's just over a year ago at age 55.
No one is guaranteed tomorrow. When we are young we cannot comprehend the certainty of uncertainty. We assume we will live forever. And that is a great way to live. I was just coming into that middle age part of life, peering down the road to what it might be like when I get old.
Two years ago, I worked for a big company in a corporate park. My life was on cruise control. I had a family with five kids – three boys and two girls. One girl in high school and one in college here in Charlotte, and one of my boys is finishing college the other two have graduated. I love my kids! But I will probably never know their children, my future grandkids.
...That was tough to write.
Grandkids were one of those big things on the distant horizon I was looking forward to.
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's... not even a medication to slow it down. Nothing. We can change this!
You get diagnosed and the first thing you do is to try to find out what the diagnosis means. And you read things like... 8 - 12 years life expectancy, from the time of diagnosis. But you only really have half of that before the effects change you significantly and you begin to slip away. For those like me, it is like aging your final 35 years in five years. We can change this!
Although there is no cure, I am hopeful. But so far out of 200 or so drug trials over the last 20 years, not one has been successful. More awareness and more money are needed. Currently, there are 77 drug trials to find a cure or to help slow things down.
But there are over 220,000 people in our country right now who, like me, are diagnosed under the age of 65.
And there is another 5.4 million TODAY over age 65 with Alzheimer's.
That is about two and a half times the population of greater Charlotte NC where I live. Where are these people? They seem to be hidden, rarely seen. They are slipping away. There are another estimated 15 million people caring for these hidden millions. Many of their lives are devastated and destitute because of the total commitment of time and money. That also seems to be hidden. We can change this! We must change this!
I have dedicated the rest of my life to change this! Join me... please! The Alzheimer's Association is doing a great job, but we need YOU to help.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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