In 2011 Gerrit showed signs of dementia. Initially the cognitive decline progressed slowly, until it turned into mid-stage, and then advanced stage Alzheimer's. Tragically, this heartless disease took his life on September 25th, 2016. There was no way to stop Gerrit's decline. It destroyed the mind and body of this active, talented, loving husband, father and grandfather. Alzheimer's consumed him, robbing him of his dignity, relationships, and the meaning of life itself. Alzheimer's is an unforgiving disease. It is tragic to watch someone you love so deeply deteriorate mentally and physically before your eyes. In the end I could clearly see Gerrit's anguish and frustration, as I tried to imagine how he felt. Currently over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Caring for people with Alzheimer's will cost the USA well over $290 billion in 2022, quadrupling to more than $1.1 trillion in 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can change the course of this devastating disease. Please join the fight!
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in October 2023. Please make a donation via My Page to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. Thank you very much for joining the fight against Alzheimer's.
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