SOME FACTS RELATED TO ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
- An estimated 5.4 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., the 5th in California.
- 10 million “Baby Boomers” will develop Alzheimer’s in their lifetime.
- Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States without a way to prevent, cure or even slow down its progress.
- Two-thirds of those with the disease are women.
- A Citizen of the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 69 seconds.
- Nearly half the people aged 85 and older have the disease.
- More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s caregivers rate their stress level as high or very high.
Please visit our website at www.alz.org for more helpful information
A letter from Michelle Johnston, Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Sacramento Office, dated 7/26/2017
Just a note to thank you all (the Fab 40′s 5k Committee and East Lawn) so much for your support!
The need continues to grow. When you all first chose to support the Alzheimer’s Association through this event, we weren’t offering support groups for those living with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairments in our region. Your support helped us to be able to start a weekly group for the persons with a diagnosis and a concurrent group for their care partners in February of 2014.
As more people found us, we started to have a wait list for our group, so in March of 2016, we added a second pair of early stage groups (one for the person with Alzheimer’s/dementia and another for their care partner). We are starting our two rounds of groups next week (August 2017) and again, we have a wait list. The support group for people living with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments meets in the conference room near my office. I love hearing the laughter that comes from the room during group and seeing the smiles on participants’ faces as they leave. Recently, when one of our members told his story of finding our support group, he said: “My heart sings again.”
Many of you probably heard a story on the news recently about Alzheimer’s, as we convened over 5,500 researchers from 68 countries at our Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. You can see a few highlights here: http://www.alz.org/aaic/releases_2017/AAIC17-Thurs-overview-recap.asp.
At the conference, it was announced that the Alzheimer’s Association is launching a $20M, 2 year randomized controlled trial to test the benefits of a lifestyle intervention involving physical exercise, nutritional counseling and modification, cognitive and social stimulation, and improved self-management of medical conditions on preventing/reducing cognitive decline in older adults. The study is similar to a Finnish study that came out a few years ago, but will recruit a more diverse population. There will likely be a study site in northern California.
On the policy front, last week the House Appropriations Committee included a $400M increase for NIH Alzheimer’s/dementia research in the fiscal year 2018 budget. If this increase passes, we will have brought Alzheimer’s research funding up from $450M in 2011, to almost $1.8B in 2018.
Your support has helped to make all of this happen. I am so appreciative for the hard work that you each put in to making the Fab 40′s 5k Run/Walk event a success and for supporting the Alzheimer’s Association as we work towards ‘a world without Alzheimer’s.’