The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is a nonprofit organization, however I was compensated for this post. All opinions are still my own.
For the last two years I have had the awesome privilege of working with The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. I have learned so much about this horrible disease. Myths have been debunked, statistics have been shared, and I have discovered that not only can Alzheimer’s be devastating, there is also hope.
- Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds.
- There are over 5 million people in the US alone living with Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death.
- Alzheimer’s is the only top 10 cause of death that cannot be prevented, treated, or cured.
- One in eight Americans over age 65—and nearly one in two Americans over age 85—is currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
- 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 most common form of dementia. It is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age.
I have shared a little before about my experience with Alzheimer’s. My grandfather had it, but his was not very advanced. He would know who I was but couldn’t remember my name. That was hard to deal with but now that I am older, I think about what that must have been like for my Grandma or my mom. I cannot imagine being married to someone for over 50 years and having them forget my name. Or being in my late 40’s and having my father not remember my name. And Alzheimer’s at its worst can actually cause someone to forget the most basic reflex functions like breathing.
However there are some amazing places like The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute that are trying to change the statistics and effects of Alzheimer’s.
But even with all the efforts put forth there are still some major hurdles to overcome. Did you know that 80% of research studies fail to attract enough participants? This is one of the biggest barriers in research in trials. A researcher may speak to over 30,000 people just to get the 2,000 they need to begin a study.
The Banner Institute is helping by growing a community of members who all come together with one goal. To help find a way to end Alzheimer’s. Currently they are over 44,000 members strong. These members get regular updates on scientific updates and news. Members also get opportunities to participate in prevention studies. Even with this growing group of members more help is needed. We can all make a difference by joining this registry.
November is National Care Giver Month and also National Alzheimer’s’ Disease Awareness Month so this is the prefect time to bring more awareness to this horrible disease and ways we can all get involved to help.
You can join the fight to end Alzhiemer’s by signing up today at endALZnow.org!
Together we can remember each and every life. Because yours is a life worth remembering.