World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is a global campaign focused on raising awareness and challenging the stigma that surrounds dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease, but an umbrella term used to describe a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases.  Currently, there is no cure for the condition and many treatments are ineffective.

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While the impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, the confusion and stigma that surrounds dementia remains a global problem. It is estimated that as many as 2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of the condition in their communities. Every 3 seconds someone develops dementia, and it only takes 3 seconds to raise awareness.

Alzheimer’s disease is now the 6th leading cause of death among the elderly, killing more than prostate and breast cancers combined.  The elderly are not the only ones affected by this epidemic. Husbands, wives, daughters, sons, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, the list goes on. We certainly can’t forget to mention caregivers as well.

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Research is the key to finding the first Alzheimer’s disease survivor. Current treatments for dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are mostly ineffective; therefore, the need for research volunteers to help researchers find a cure is greater than ever.  Research study participants are seen by board-certified physicians, and no insurance is required to participate. Study-related office visits, tests, and assessments are provided at no cost to those who qualify. Reimbursement for time travel expenses is also available for qualified participants. Help make a difference! CLICK HERE to search for Alzheimer’s research studies enrolling near you.