I have learned first hand the cruelness of this disease - from frustration to sadness my mom's struggle with Alzheimers is not what I would have hoped my parents would experience in their retirement years. After a year in a memory care assisted living, she transitioned to a nursing home as the disease has progressed. She is surrounded by a family that loves her and will fight to hold on to what we have. We are doing what we can by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®.
My mom's experience has made me much more aware of the relative lack of investment in finding a cure as compared to other diseases that take as many lives and cost as much or more to treat. Of the 10 top causes of death worldwide, Alzheimer's is the only one that we cannot prevent, cure or effectively slow down. The first known diagnosis was 114 years ago and there is very little different in what we can provide to treat those that are diagnosed today to help. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
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