Alzheimer’s: A Disease We Want to Forget
Are you or someone you know affected by Alzheimer’s? Chances are the answer to that question is yes. According to the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org/), more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease today and 1 out of every 3 seniors die from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. By 2025, the number of people affected by this horrible disease is expected to increase by 40%. Not to mention the cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s, which totaled approximately $203 billion in 2013 alone.
I recently sat down with Robin Richey, who has been affected by this cruel disease to the very core. Robin’s aunt passed away from Alzheimer’s after being in a care facility for 8 years. Her mother passed away in September 2013, after being in a care facility for 4 years. Robin said her mother would have been in the care facility much longer if it weren’t for the tender care provided by her 90 year old father. He ultimately reached a point that he couldn’t care for her any longer and passed away 2 months after admitting his wife into the care facility. Being a caretaker is devastating both emotionally and financially. Robin added, “I don’t want it [Alzheimer’s] and I don’t want anyone else to go through what my family has gone through.”
The best thing we can do is stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks; we must prevent, slow or stop this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association and its many local chapters across the nation hold various fundraisers as well as the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s (9/6/14 in Lubbock, TX and 9/20/14 in Amarillo & Midland, TX). FirstCapital Bank of Texas, Ortloff Engineers and Concho Resources are sponsoring the 2nd Annual “An Evening to Remember” this Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the Petroleum Club of Midland, which will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and National Research. The dinner and presentation will feature Dr. Sonny Singh, PhD, Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Singh’s presentation will talk about current Alzheimer’s research and treatment.
To reserve a seat at the 2014 “An Evening to Remember”, you may contact Hazel Halliburton at (432) 687-9153 or hhalliburton@https://www.fcbtexas.com by 11:00 am on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
Also coming up in Midland is the 2nd annual “Bark in the Park” on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
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