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In November of 2016, my seventy-seven-year-old mother was diagnosed with dementia. Observing my mother come to terms with the limitations this condition has placed on her independence has been such a painful learning experience. So much is not known about Alzheimer's (a disease) and dementia (a set of symptoms) and so little can be done to halt their progress. I'm participating in The Longest Day to show my love for my mother and for all of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. On June 24, I am joining others around the world and doing what I love--knitting--to honor people living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, and those lost to the disease, while raising funds and awareness to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. We will be meeting at the Community Center in Lake Park, NC at 12:00 noon on June 24 for a luncheon and sit-and-knit.
Today, an estimated 47 million people across the world are living with dementia. This number is set to skyrocket to 75 million by 2030. In the United States alone, more than 15 million caregivers generously dedicate themselves to those with Alzheimer's and dementia. These numbers will only continue to rise unless we take action.
Together, we can show those facing Alzheimer's disease they are not alone. Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer's Association advance research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s and provide care and support to those facing the disease today.
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