Walk to End Alzheimer’s—November 21, 2015

Cynthia Vargo

Please register and walk for the sixth year with your friends and neighbors here at Robson Ranch.

The Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. (be there by 8:45 to check in and receive your ticket for drawings after the walk). We meet in front of the baseball bleachers. There is no cost, but hopefully you will have collected donations from family and friends.

Tell donors to please use our website http://act.alz.org./goto/robsonranch. Everyone who registers and donates a minimum of $100 will receive a 2015 Walk t-shirt. Come and walk the perimeter of the Ranch with us to raise awareness and support those who have this disease or are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Facts you may not be aware of:

The biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is age; Alzheimer’s disease is now the sixth leading cause of death across all ages in the U.S.

5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.

Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds. In 2050 someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease triples healthcare costs for Americans aged 65 or older.

Costs for caring for Americans with Alzheimer’s and other dementias has surpassed costs of treatment for patients with cancer and heart disease.

One study found that spousal caregivers of people hospitalized for dementia (compared with people hospitalized for other conditions) were more likely to die in the following year, even after accounting for the age of the spousal caregiver, unless they receive support interventions like those provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.

In Arizona 314,000 unpaid caregivers provide 357,000,000 hours of care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia; the average cost of nursing home care is more than $68,000 per person per year.

In Maricopa County alone more than 60,000 individuals are suffering  from this disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is the only one of the top 10 diseases that has no cure, no way to slow it down or no way to prevent it. While many cancers can be stopped with treatment, there is no prevention, medication or cure for people with this progressive, degenerative brain disease. The decline is devastating for the person and their family. Research for future generations and support for caregivers and individuals who already have the disease is the only answer.

Please take the time to walk with us on Saturday, November 21; help end this disease and support caregivers and those with the disease through programs from the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter. The Alzheimer’s Association is the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to eliminating Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, providing and enhancing care and support for all affected and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.