Today I am raising my very quiet voice a little louder. It feels so important for me to share my heart with the world, as I shine light on ways that we can all help. I hope you will read on…
Although I only write about it here once a year, please know that Alzheimer’s disease is a huge part of my story every day. When a loved one receives the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s (or another dementia), life dramatically changes. Our family received that heartbreaking news two years ago. We are walking along that journey together with someone that we all love so dearly.
My family is certainly not alone. The statistics are alarming! (Source: ALZ.org)
- Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
- Currently, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
- There is no cure. No one has ever survived Alzheimer’s.
- Over the past fifteen years, deaths from heart disease have decreased 11%, while deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 123%.
The statistics are particularly alarming for women! (Source: ALZ.org/women)
- Today women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic.
- Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.
- Women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as they are to develop breast cancer.
- Women also make up more than 60% of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in the United States ~ a role that often has a negative effect on their own health and finances.
Brain health is key… and a healthy brain begins with a healthy heart.
- A study published in the January 2019 Journal of the American Medical Association reports that treating high blood pressure in older adults can help reduce the development of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). A person with MCI faces an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
- If you are over 50, it’s very important to talk with your health care provider about your risk for Alzheimer’s and ways to manage your blood pressure. Genetics also play a big role in heart and brain health. As we age, we can all take small steps every day toward a healthier lifestyle!
Knowledge is power!
My bookshelf at home is filling up with important resources…
Over the past two years, I have been very intentional about attending frequent workshops and family support groups to learn more about Alzheimer’s. I have been able to share what I am learning with my family along the way. It is very frightening to learn about this journey that we are walking together. However, during times when we feel powerless in the face of this daunting disease, knowledge can feel empowering!
Very often, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can feel isolating. Days are busier than ever… helping, encouraging, worrying, and learning, every step of the way. Life takes on a very different rhythm. Although time is more limited, connecting with supportive friends becomes more important than ever. Please reach out to someone you know who is also on this incredibly difficult journey with a loved one. You will brighten their day, renew their spirit, and give them strength to carry on!
The Alzheimer’s Association is a vital resource for those suffering with this heart-wrenching disease, their families, and their caregivers. They are leading the fight against this disease! They offer valuable seminars at public libraries throughout our area. The ALZ Help Line (800-272-3900) offers live support 24/7 from caring professionals to answer questions and concerns. Their helpful webinars present the latest research and extremely helpful information for caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association funds vital research and clinical trials in search of a cure. I am so grateful for the work of the Alzheimer’s Association and the difference they are making for so many families, like mine.
Today I am sharing my heart with you
and raising awareness
of an important way we can all help
in the fight against Alzheimer’s,
with great LOVE…
On “The Longest Day” (June 21st), people across the globe
will do what they LOVE,
or what their loved ones affected by this disease LOVE to do.
Together, we will raise funds and awareness
for the care and support of those affected,
while advancing ALZ research.
We are working toward the first survivor
of Alzheimer’s disease.
I am truly looking forward to
“The Longest Day” 2019.
My husband will take the day off work on Friday
so that we can participate in this important day together.
We will spend the entire day doing things we LOVE
to honor our loved ones.
However, the most important thing we will do
on “The Longest Day”
is make our donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Update: June 21, 2019
Today a very generous donor is matching donations, in honor of “The Longest Day.” Your donation will work twice as hard in the fight against Alzheimer’s!💕
We can all make a difference by helping the Alzheimer’s Association in the fight to end this disease. Throughout the past few years, I have been quietly fundraising and making donations to the Alzheimer’s Association. Now it’s time to raise my voice… and ask for your help, too.
It feels very empowering to make donations to the fight against Alzheimer’s. It makes me very hopeful that one day, in my lifetime, we will find a cure and see the first person survive this disease.
The end of Alzheimer’s starts with me! ♥
The reason is LOVE.