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. In my family alone, my two grandmothers and 3 of my aunts have passed from it. My mom is family member #6 suffering from it. She is one of the lucky ones though...having been diagnosed in January 2006 she is still alive and kicking at age 88. Many die within the first 5 years or if they don't, they become immobile. Mom is quite fit and healthy physically, though she no longer knows who I am. However, she is still happy to see me and knows deep in her heart that I am someone important in her life. In the last year she has begun to lose her ability to speak and is experiencing increased difficulty walking -- some of the first signs that she might be moving into Stage 7 of the disease (the final stage). She loves people and interacts freely and meaningfully with many of her co-residents, the staff and visitors. She is safe, happy and content in a facility that specializes in caring for Alzheimer's patients.
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!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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