The funding we raise supports both research and programming for caretakers in the DMV area. And it's IMPORTANT. Through this I've learned that some pretty CRAZY stats:
- In the past 15 years, deaths from Alzheimer's have increased 123% (heart disease has only increased 11%)
- In 2018 ALONE, the healthcare for Alzheimer's patients will cost over $277 BILLION!
- 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or dimentia
- In 2018, caregivers will provide 18.4 billion hours of care!!!
Although I don't have any family members effected by the disease (which is lucky!!!!), I have had a grandmother who was a care taker. She dedicated her life to caring for my grandfather for 16 years. I am passionate for the fact that I can honor my grandmother and other selfless humans who walk alongside the whole journey as care takers. And I'm excited to honor Noonie Nana in this way. Love you, Noonie!