A National Victory
It started with the inability to complete normal tasks. Her daughters (my aunts) took note of it quickly. My grandmother, Delores Lee, died after a sad downward spiral of lost memory, confusion and simple physical functions (such as writing). I saw this beautiful, vivacious woman fondly known as “Mom-Mom” succumb to this disease slowly, methodically….Alzheimer’s is so calculating. It is estimated that as many as five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and was the seventh-leading cause of death in 2006.
On January 4, 2011, The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama after having been passed unanimously in both the Senate and House of Representatives. NAPA will ultimately create a nationwide strategic plan to address and conquer Alzheimer’s. For more information about NAPA, please visit: http://bit.ly/a15gOc
A10 is proud to be currently working with Duke University on a study that is working to find a way to slow or, hopefully, end the Alzheimer’s crisis at hand. A10 is examining the exponential growth and increase of Americans affected by progressive and ultimately fatal disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
This Aging, Demographics and Memory Study is part of a larger longitudinal study by The University of Michigan and Duke University Medical Center for Americans aged 65 and older and their families. The purpose of this study is to learn more about memory and how it changes with age, identify the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia and to estimate the number of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other type of memory problems.
A10 is also pleased to support Maria Shriver, niece of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Ted Kennedy and daughter of Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the first Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver, first lady of California and married to California Governor Arnold Swarzenegger, as she continues her advocacy despite her recent loss of her beloved father from Alzheimer’s.
Shriver is filling A10 with encouragement and motivation through such media outlets as ABC News, http://abcn.ws/a9rOuB, and The Huffington Post, http://huff.to/997u8G – both are such heartwarming pieces. “The Alzheimer’s Association tells us as many as 5.3 million people, most of them women, are living with Alzheimer’s disease in our country — and unless something is done, by 2050, it will impact as many as 16 million families directly and millions more indirectly,” Shriver says. “Seventy percent of the people who develop Alzheimer’s are women, and the vast majority of the people caring for people with Alzheimer’s — and mind you Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, stroke victims — are also women.”
A10 challenges you to join our efforts to help recognize the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia to help our family, friends and loved ones. www.a10clinical.com