I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. 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.
Toward the end of my maternal grandmother Elsie Grace Freeman's life, she would ask the same question repeatedly and/or make the same observation every five minutes. We called it "hardening of the arteries"...not having ever heard the word dementia or Alzheimer's. Both my wife Angela and I have lost aunts to Alzheimer's...Daree and Dorothy Ruth. Both of my parents, John and Ann Freeman, now deceased, were diagnosed with dementia, as was my father's brother Herbert. My second brother Ken was diagnosed with dementia that resulted in early retirement. Anne, wife of my oldest brother John, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 56. The disease took her life in 2016 at the age of 70. Husbands of cousins Betty Freeman Pritchett and Ruth Ann Burman have suffered from Alzheimer's/dementia.
In our Home Instead Senior Care franchise business, our CAREGivers regularly interface with seniors living with Alzheimer's. As an agency, we train our CAREGivers in Alzheimer's care and provide free education and support to family members (not only clients) to help them understand the disease. To me, this disease is very personal. I want to be part of the answer in eradicating Alzheimer's disease while helping loved ones of those so diagnosed receive education and support.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's! In advance I appreciate any and all donations you choose to give the Alzheimer's Association. They are performing great services that impact us now and help define our futures sans Alzheimer's!!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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