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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Alzheimer Awareness

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear after age 60. But there are more and more younger adults being affected by the disease. Although the risk of dementia increases with age, many thousands of people under the age of 65 have received a diagnosis of dementia.  Early-onset is a rare form of Alzheimer's found in fewer then 10% of Alzheimer patients. 

My family has not been left untouched by this crippling disease.  My uncle was diagnosed with early-onset a few years back.  It has hit everyone hard.  My aunt has always been the rock in the family, but this was something that even she has found hard to deal with.  Along with being in support groups she also participates in the Memory Walk every year.  The Memory Walk helps to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support and programs to improve the lives of millions of Americans who suffer with this terrible illness.

You can help Susan raise money for the Memory Walk by clicking here.

For more information on Alzheimer's please see the links below.
Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
ALZ.org
Alzheimer's Desease International (Early-Onset)



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