Updated: Aug 27, 2019
It is the sixth leading cause of death in America. One in three seniors die from this disease. More than 5 million Americans are living with it. What disease is it?
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It’s the only cause of death in the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed. Someone in America develops Alzheimer’s every 66 seconds.
Not only are those with Alzheimer’s affected but also their families, friends, and caregivers are affected. There are more than 15.9 million caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in the United States. In 2015, those 15.9 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $221.3 billion. Alzheimer’s will cost the United States $236 billion.
What can be done about Alzheimer’s? The Alzheimer’s Association endeavors to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. This event is the largest like it in the world. It calls on participants of all ages and abilities to unite in ending Alzheimer’s.
Our local Fort Wayne Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at Parkview Field on October 8, 2016. There is no fee to register but fundraising is encouraged in order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal.
Do you want to help end Alzheimer’s? Join our fundraising team. The Walk will be held at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802 on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the ceremony and Walk begin at 11:45 a.m. If you can’t make it to the Walk, you can donate to our team in support of Alzheimer’s.
Thank you for your support to end Alzheimer’s.