Friday, September 21, 2012
World Alzheimer's Day
Here are a few statistics for you: Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's disease. This disease doesn't play favorites and finds people from anywhere on the planet. There are currently 5.4 million people suffering from it (just in the US!) and that number is expected to quadruple to as many as 16 million by 2050. I also read recently that 1 out of 2 people over the age of 85 will suffer from Alzheimer's, especially as baby boomers age and people live longer.
That lady in the photo is my mother. Alzheimer's robbed my sister, brother, and me from my beautiful mother's final years. She was the kindest, funniest, most brilliant lady I've ever known. She died in July. She didn't deserve Alzheimer's. No one does. There's nothing crueler than watching the people you love most lose their memories, not to mention the obvious suffering of the person with the disease.
We need a cure for this damn, heartless disease AND WE NEED IT NOW.
Get involved. Donate. Talk to politicians. Talk to your neighbors. Don't wait. Chances are, it will impact your family too. I hope it doesn't. I don't want you to go through what Mary, Joe and I did. I wouldn't wish that on anybody.