I’d like to take a moment to talk about Alzheimer’s Disease. After losing my grandmother to this disease in 2009 (and years prior as I fell out of her memories) I began looking for ways to for ways to get involved and try to make a difference. Fast forward to 2020 and I work in senior healthcare during the day and volunteer with the planning committee for the Genesee County Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Since losing my grandmother I’ve both seen and heard, countless times, the horrors that this disease brings upon both the patient and their loved ones.
Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease. It robs people of precious memories and abilities. It challenges caregivers and loved ones to find strength and resilience they never knew existed.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death and a growing epidemic that kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In Michigan alone, 190,000 residents are living with Alzheimer’s — a number that is expected to grow by 15.8 percent in the next five years.
Help is needed now, but not just by those who are currently impacted. More individuals are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. More family and friends are serving as caregivers. Death rates continue to climb. And the costs are unsustainable.
Participation in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one way to make a difference. The Walk raises funds for dementia research, care and support, here in Michigan and beyond.
My team and I have participated in Walk to End Alzheimer’s since 2010 and have watched this event grow and change immensely in that time. Through all the change, it always maintains the common goal of bringing awareness and support to those who face this disease. It is truly amazing to see the community come together they way that they do to help raise awareness and funds.
Only through continued research, awareness, support and a continued commitment will we one day live in a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.
Please join us in the fight. Register for the Genesee County Walk to End Alzheimer’s at alz.org/walk today. — Douglas Lobdell, Mount Morris