Disruptive, widespread and deadly. These are words often associated with Covid19. They also are words that can be associated with Alzheimer’s, especially in our skilled nursing communities. Individuals with Alzheimer’s are particularly vulnerable to Covid19. According to a recent report, more than 40% of U.S. coronavirus deaths are linked to nursing facilities, many of those housing residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Now more than ever we need the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association to advocate for our loved ones at the state and federal level, while they continue leading the way in global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
In January, I lost my mom due to complications of Alzheimer’s. You see, you do not technically die from Alzheimer’s; you die from its complications: infections, blood clots, aspiration pneumonia, organ failure, etc. Alzheimer’s is thought to be under reported because the complication is often listed as the manner of death. That said, Alzheimer’s remains the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one of the top ten without a treatment* or cure. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, a journey. Not a fast journey, a long, grueling, painful one. That is why for the last several years I have worked tirelessly to raise money to help combat the disease. With your help, I have personally raised more than $66,000 and co-chaired a team that has raised more than $150,000. This year, in memory of my mom and grandmother and in honor of those still battling Alzheimer’s, I hope to raise $15,000. Will you help?
I would be honored if you’d join me in the fight to END ALZ! Please remember, every little bit helps!
*ALZ medications treat symptoms not the disease. The drugs are not a cure and they do not slow the progression of the disease. Over time what benefits they do provide wear off.
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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