Spread awareness and encourage support on World Alzheimer’s Day
September 21 is recognized the world over as a day to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other specific Alzheimer’s U.S. groups, including OurAlzheimers.com, are working to bring awareness to the Alzheimer’s cause.
General awareness about the severity of AD will hopefully increase pressure to secure funding for research. The need to find a way to prevent or cure AD is massive, given the numbers of people in our aging society who are at risk.
Last week, I received an e-mail announcing a three day awareness and screening campaign organized by Nightingales Centre for Ageing & Alzheimer’s and The Bangalore Chapter of Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India. This group has been very active with online awareness not only for those who live in India, but worldwide. They aren’t alone. Canada and the UK, as well as many other European countries, are working on awareness campaigns.
National Alzheimer’s Project Act
The National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) is considered by many to be the largest legislative victory in recent years for the Alzheimer's cause. The project requires the creation of a national strategic plan to address the Alzheimer's crisis, and will coordinate Alzheimer's disease efforts across the federal government.
Alzheimer's is considered the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure or even reliably slow its progression. Now that NAPA is part of the legislative landscape, Alzheimer’s research hopefully will become a major national priority. This attention should provide more potential to create the kind of progress that has been made against many other killer diseases.
Since funding is crucial to Alzheimer’s research, and there are many worthy causes where people can contribute their resources, Alzheimer’s advocates the world over need to continue to keep the disease in front of the public.
Help us move forward in the fight against Alzheimer’s by coordinating an Alzheimer’s fundraiser, writing to legislatures and otherwise staying politically involved in the cause, and/or by volunteering to help a caregiver or person with Alzheimer’s simply get through the day. If possible, do all three.