Dedicated to all who have this horribledisease and to those who take care of their loved ones who have it Aaron Clarke 10th Grade Health
The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimers and other dementiasto Medicare, Medicaid and businesses amount to more than $148billion each year. • As many as 5.3 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s. • Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s. • Alzheimers is the seventh-leading cause of death. • Alzheimers and dementia triple healthcare costs for Americans age 65 and older.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia related diseases are expected to nearly double every 20 years 150 100 115.4 million People 65.7 million People 50 35.6 million People 0 Today YEAR 2030 YEAR 2050The meaning of EPIDEMIC (from Greek epi- upon + demos people) occurs when newcases of a certain disease, in a given human population, and during a given period,substantially exceed what is "expected," based on recent experience. In recent usages,the disease is not required to be communicable; examples include cancer or heartdisease. Another example includes the infamous Black Plague of the Middle Ages. I WOULD CALL THIS AN EPIDEMIC OF EPIC PORPORTIONS!
So many different choices are available except for EXCUSES!•Donate online @ www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp•Donate @ Work @ www.alz.org/join_the-cause-9076.asp•Corporate Sponsorship @ www.alz.org/join_the-cause-sponsorships.asp•Become an advocate @ www.alz.org/join_the-cause-advocacy.asp•Fund Raising Event @ www.alz.org/join_the-cause-fundraising_events.asp And finally my personal favorite THE MEMORY WALK!! Memory Walk is the nations largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research – and it calls on people of all ages to take action in the fight. Year-round, ourparticipants are involved in efforts to help defeat this devastating disease.
1. Sign up for the walk by finding a team in your area or better yet start a team of your own. If you go to alz.org/memorywalk and put in your zip code. You will then get the details of the walk nearest you. If you don’t have internet and live in the Richmond area then call 804-967- 2547 to register.2. Form your team! Participating in Memory Walk is even more fun with a group. Ask your co-workers, family and friends to walk as a team. Youll be amazed at how many people you know whose lives have been changed by Alzheimers.3. Fundraise. Every Memory Walk participant is asked to raise money for the fight against Alzheimers. Alzheimers Association staff are ready to support you every step of the way with tips, tools and advice.4. Get Creative. Raise money with our online tools, hold a fundraising event or ask for a donation when youre face-to-face.5. Walk! Memory Walk is a unique experience. See the difference you can make as we walk to change the course of Alzheimer’s together.
•Alzheimer’s disease can have a big impact on every member of thefamily. There are many families who have loved ones living with thisdisease.•Many teenagers are helping their parents take care of their grandparentsin the home-afterschool. I know this because I am one of them. My Papalives with my Mom and I, he was diagnosed with Dementia in 2007.•This disease knows no boundaries, rich, poor, old, young, black, whiteeveryone you know and love (your mom, dad, brother, sister,grandparents) may be the next victim of this horrible brain disease.•We have to work together to change the world. One person can not do italone. It takes all types of people to make the world go around and forsome of these people the world has stopped because of this disease.•Just ask anyone and they probably know someone or has some way beeneffected by this disease.
You can call him friend, man, sir, boss, officer, Sailor, Vietnam Veteran, son, grandson, great grandson, dad, stepdad, grandfather, step grandfather, husband, uncle, brother, great grandfather, great uncle, cousin, son in law, brother in law, father in law, Charles, Chuck, Buddy or countless other names and the only one he will answer to is PAPA!!