President Reagan helped to launch a national campaign against Alzheimer’s disease in 1983, calling members of the Alzheimer’s Association to the White House for the signing of a proclamation declaring National Alzheimer’s Disease Month.
“The emotional, financial and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease are so devastating that it deserves special attention,” Reagan said.
Taking the lead on the issue, he went on to advocate research as “the only hope for victims and families.” Reagan courageously announced his Alzheimer’s diagnosis to the public in November 1994 and passed away in 2004.
Alzheimer’s Association founder Jerome Stone led a group of family caregivers, Association volunteers and staff in the effort to bring attention to the cause on Capitol Hill. That advocacy effort continues even stronger today with the Alzheimer’s Association public policy staff and volunteers leading the call for increased government funding for critical Alzheimer research and support programs.
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Every 69 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s; by 2050 someone will develop the disease every 33 seconds, affecting up to 16 million people. Alzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death in the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. Today, there are over 14,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in the CSRA alone!
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. Our local Walk to End Alzheimer’s is on Saturday at the Augusta Common in beautiful downtown Augusta. Join us as we unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can raise awareness and funds to enhance Alzheimer’s care and support and advance critical research. The End of Alzheimer’s begins with you!
Visit www.georgiawalk.org or call 706-731-9060 for more information.
Dee Dee Kurilla
Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter