You may remember last year I had the opportunity to talk about Alzheimer’s research and the Banner Institute. It is an amazing organization that devotes so much time to finding a cure.
November is World Alzheimer’s month and it is an important subject to talk about.
Did you know that:
- Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is not a normal part of aging
- Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- Alzheimer’s: only one of top 10 causes of death that cannot be prevented or cured
- 5.4 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s.
- Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 6.9 seconds
- 1 in 8 Americans over age 65 and nearly 1 in 2 Americans over age 85 are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
I do have a little experience with Alzheimer’s. My grandfather suffered from it before he died. Thankfully he never got really bad off. I most remember that he would mix up our names but then realize that he did it, all while struggling to remember what our name was. I was often called by my cousin’s name and while he knew it wasn’t the right name, he had a really hard time remembering my name.
But Alzheimer’s can be so much worse. Did you know it can even cause you to forget how to do normal, reflex actions. Alzheimer’s at its worst can cause you to forget how to swallow, or even breath. Can you imagine being so bad off that you literally forget how to breath?
Alzheimer’s is a devastating, debilitating and incurable disease of the brain. Its symptoms develop slowly, although researchers now believe that the actual neurological damage begins years or even decades before the first problems with memory or confusion surface. Those symptoms are progressive and ultimately rob the individual of mental and physical function.
As our country ages, the number of people touched by Alzheimer’s only continues to increase. Already more than a third of the U.S. adult population has some personal connection to the disease, through a spouse, family member or other blood relative.
But there is good news.
The Banner Institute and the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry are making strides to find a way to combat this horrible disease.
In order to advance research, 10-20 times more people must be screened than needed to enroll in clinical trials. By signing up for the registry you are kept up to date on any trials that you may be able to help with. Research also must include people who are not afflicted with the disease as well as those suffering from Alzheimer’s. So even if you do not have Alzheimer’s you can still help.
Do you remember your wedding day? The day your fist child was born? The day you got your drivers license? All of these memories are worth saving. You can join the fight to end Alzhiemer’s by signing up today at endALZnow.org!
The memories you save could be your own…
The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is a nonprofit organization, however I was compensated for this post. All opinions are still my own.