Alzheimer's Affects Young and Old
This series brings to light the fact that Alzheimer's disease is not just a disease of "old people." If it were, that would be bad enough, as people of every age should be spared this devastation. But Alzheimer's disease is increasingly being diagnosed in middle-aged people - people still raising children.
Money for research is desperately needed. Research to find a cure - yes. But also research to find ways to help those who are already diagnosed. Whether this means drugs to reverse existing damage, or drugs to help those who have the disease live better quality lives, all new knowledge is important.
For this kind of research to happen, more money needs be to be funneled toward Alzheimer's research. Shriver's report stresses that Alzheimer's disease gets far less funding than other, admittedly horrible diseases. There is great competition for existing dollars. Pressure from the public can go a long way toward getting funding into the right projects. Therefore, awareness campaigns, such as this November's Alzheimer's Awareness Month, can have a powerful impact.
Keep learning. Keep the pressure on our leaders. Keep supporting those with Alzheimer's and their families. Up your awareness factor and spread the word. Do your part to help rid the world of this mind-robbing, family destroying disease.