Memory Walk 2009
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the major causes of extended care needs in the United States. By their 85th birthday, half of all people will be living with some form of dementia. As Baby Boomers retire and American life spans continue to lengthen, the looming threat posed by Alzheimer’s becomes palpable.
My wife, Jennifer, and I have seen three of our grandparents struggle with dementia. So on a personal and family level, I can tell you that Alzheimer’s is not just a disease – it’s a tragedy.
This heartbreaking sentiment is best expressed by those who are on the “front lines” – the caretakers. When speaking to an Alzheimer’s support group in Cleveland, TN, a woman remarked to me that, “I lost my husband five years ago, but I’m still taking care of him.”
Luckily, there is hope. Amy French, local director of the Alzheimer’s Association, told me that she believes we are less than ten years from treamtents that may prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms. The annual Memory Walks are fighting to make this dream a reality.
All of us at Lindsey and Associates is sincerely grateful to those who donated to our 2009 Memory Walk team! You have helped to bring us closer to our personal goal – and to making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease! We are proud to help fund the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
If you’re interested in taking one more step, please sign up to be an Alzheimer advocate! Find out how you can send a message to Congress at http://actionalz.org/write_congress.asp/.
-Jason L. Hillner, CLTC