“Like so many American’s, Alzheimer’s affected my family. My Dad lived with Alzheimer’s and I saw the impact of this disease on a loving father and grandfather and on a man who was such an accomplished physician and researcher. My families journey only added fuel to the fire of my passion to achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. In my 15+ years working for the Alzheimer’s Association, I am only more convinced of the urgency of our cause and on the effectiveness of the work of the Alzheimer’s Association. We need to do more and as quickly as possible.”
“As with many other Alzheimer’s Association volunteers, I initially became involved with the Association due to a family member’s struggle with the disease. In my case, it was my mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for twelve years before succumbing in 2002. However, at this time I see the Alzheimer’s “cause” extending far beyond the individual family level. Presently, 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and this number will increase dramatically as the 76 million Baby Boomers age and life expectancies continue to increase significantly. Alzheimer’s disease is the only major cause of death in the United States that is increasing in prevalence. It is imperative that we as a society face this challenge. Fortunately, I believe that through the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, we will defeat this disease in my lifetime. I strongly encourage you to join us in this mission.”
“My Grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I have witnessed how devastating and heartbreaking the disease can be on a family. I work in the biotechnology industry, focused on developing new medicines for devastating diseases; it is clear that this disease in particular is a major and growing issue for our society. As an active member of the Alzheimer’s Association with the Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter for 10 years, I am proud of all we have accomplished in terms of raising awareness as well as funds. But there is more to do – more research to fund, more development paths to pursue, and more support to provide to Alzheimer’s patients and their families.”
Today 5.2mm individuals and their families are impacted by the Alzheimer’s disease. This number will continue to grow as the U.S. population age 65 and older continues to increase. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million. To me, these numbers are staggering. As a Managing Director in Corporate Banking I have dealings with large multinational companies who employ many individuals who have been impacted or soon will be impacted by this disease. At present time there is no cure, and while this may seem daunting, I have chosen to devote my time and energy and work with the MA/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and share in their ultimate vision of a World Without Alzheimer’s.
“I joined the Alzheimer’s Association several years ago after my family had been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The disease does not discriminate, cutting across all economic and cultural boundaries. The millions affected are our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues. The work of the Alzheimer’s Association – providing crucial support services and conducting ground-breaking research – has never been as vital as it is today.”