Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys one's memory, thinking and behavior. The symptoms eventually grow severe enough that it interferes with the individual's ability to perform the simplest of tasks. This cruel disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
Family members and friends are not only faced with the loss of the person they used to know but also the loss of a precious relationship. Future plans that you had hoped to share together are no longer possible. Alzheimer's extends beyond the individual to everyone who loves them - it is a family diagnosis.
Today, I share with you my personal story as my mother has been battling Alzheimer's for 2 years. If you know Betty Schlupp, you will agree that vibrant, caring and nature loving are just a few of her wonderful attributes. Our tradition of baking Christmas cookies together is one of my most cherished memories and if you ever had them, there was love baked into each bite. It was 6 years ago that my family started to see my mom "out of sorts" or confused when completing a routine task and struggling to articulate or “find” a simple word. The frequency of these moments began to increase over time, which lead to dementia, then the Alzheimer's diagnosis. My Mom now resides in a long-term “memory care” facility. Thankfully, it is a beautiful and safe establishment but due to COVID-19 my Father (her husband of 72 years) and my family has been unable to have physical contact with her for 6 months.
Between 2000 and 2018, deaths from heart disease have decreased by 7.8%, while deaths from Alzheimer's have INCREASED an astonishing 146%. In 2020, Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the nation $305 BILLION. By 2050, these costs could rise as high as $1.1 TRILLION.
Team Betty was created to change these odds. I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. Join our fight against Alzheimer's and help Team Betty raise $10,000 to help with Alzheimer's care, support, research, awareness, advocacy, but most importantly a cure.
In the words of Dr. Seuss "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
On behalf of the Alzheimer's Association, Team Betty and all of those that have been touched by Alzheimer's, thank you for your support!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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