For those that are unaware, Alzheimer’s is a not only a devastating and debilitating disease of the brain, right now it’s also incurable.
Symptoms develop slowly, over time, but researchers believe that the actual brain damage begins years or sometimes decades before the first problems with memory or confusion actually occur. These symptoms grow over time and eventually you lose mental and physical functions.
Each year the number of people touched by Alzheimer’s continues to go up. More than a third of the U.S. adult population has some personal connection to the disease, through a spouse, family member or other blood relative.
We haven’t yet had to deal with a close family member with Alzheimer’s – thankfully. However, in the months before my grandfather passed away from Cancer, he had very similar symptoms. He could hardly remember who we were, or where he was. That was so very painful to watch. I could only imagine how painful it would be to watch someone you love, live like that every single day.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured.
So the question now is how can we help end Alzheimer’s Disease? It’s simple, Join the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry, created by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI).
You can help turn concern and fear into energy and support – needed to find treatments to slow, halt or even prevent this disease. The Registry is a community of people all interested in making an impact on Alzheimer’s research, to help stop the disease. It will provide regular updates on the latest scientific advances and news, as well as information on overall brain health. And to overcome one of the greatest obstacles to clinical research, the Registry will support enrollment into a variety of Alzheimer’s prevention studies across the country. The Registry is open to anyone 18 years and older.
Becoming a Registry member is quick and easy. Just visit www.endalznow.org to sign up. You will be asked to provide basic info like name, date of birth and Zip code, and answer a few yes/no questions about your experience with Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s Warning Signs - 10 Warning Signs that help identify symptoms that may need further evaluation
- Alzheimer’s vs. normal aging
- Alzheimer’s vs. dementia, and prevention
- Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry (5,000 people are currently enrolled; the goal is to reach 100,000 enrolled by June 2013) -
Let’s help spread the word about The Registry to our friends and families – together we can create a world without Alzheimer’s!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry. Facts and info were provided to me, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.