November is more than the month that kicks off the holiday season, it also happens to be the National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. You can take a stand to End ALZ Now with the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry. For the millions of individuals affected by Alzheimers, this joyous time of year simply means those precious holiday memories are not guaranteed. There are currently 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimers which means if you have not directly been affected by this disease, chances are you know someone who has.
Perhaps you heard someone talking about a parent or a grandparent that was diagnosed with Alzheimers and the funny things they did or how they told the same stories over and over. Like our great grandmother who was diagnosed and did comical things like stealing the kitchen sponge or telling people not to eat the strawberries because they were burnt (they were actually chocolate covered). However, it becomes eye opening when you have a best friend that had both grandmothers succumb to Alzheimers or a cousin who’s husband was diagnosed at 50 and needs constant care by age 51.
Some facts about Alzheimers:
- Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age.
- Approximately 5.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today, with one new case diagnosed every 68 seconds.
- One in nine Americans over age 65—and nearly one in three Americans over age 85—is currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
- The prevalence of Alzheimer’s is projected to increase sharply in coming decades because of the nation’s aging population. By 2050, that number could nearly triple to a projected 13.8 million.
- Early-onset Alzheimer’s, which involves about 3 percent of all Alzheimer’s diagnoses, is identified by symptoms that begin before age 65.
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured.
The hardest part is having to sit helplessly as you watch] your loved one endure the daily struggle with Alzheimers. While there is no known cure for Alzheimers, the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry is constantly working to fight ALZ. Anyone can join the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry! You’ll receive emails to learn more information about the disease and you can participate in studies to really make an impactful contribution to help further the research for Alzheimers.
Some information about the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry:
- Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) created and leads the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry in collaboration with partnering organizations as part of its mission to end Alzheimer’s disease without losing another generation.
- BAI is helping to lead the fight against Alzheimer’s through its cutting-edge studies in detection, treatment and prevention and through a comprehensive model of care that addresses both medical and non-medical needs of patients and their families.
- The Registry is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, also championed by BAI, an international collaborative formed to launch a new era of Alzheimer’s prevention research.
- API is focused on evaluating the most promising therapies in cognitively normal people who, based on their age and genetic background, are at the highest imminent risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.
Please join us to ENDALZNOW and encourage your family and friends to do the same!