In 1983, President Ronald Reagan, who was later diagnosed with Alzheimer??????s disease, designated November as National Alzheimer??????s Disease Awareness Month. ?????During that year, fewer than two million Americans had Alzheimer??????s.????? That number has since skyrocketed as an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer??????s today. ?????Unfortunately, the number of Alzheimer??????s sufferers is expected to continue to explode and will nearly triple by?????2050.
That is why the Alzheimer??????s Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter hopes that people will take this month to get involved and help spread awareness about this devastating disease.
This November, and throughout the year, there are many ways to take action?????and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease:
- Become an advocate.????? Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer??????s disease and their families.
- Volunteer for a clinical trial. Recruiting and retaining trial participants is the greatest obstacle, other than funding, to developing the next generation of Alzheimer’s treatments. Trials are recruiting people with Alzheimer’s, as well as healthy volunteers to be controls.
- Make a donation. Make a tax-deductible donation to the Alzheimer’s Association and support vital research and essential support programs and services.
- Volunteer with our Chapter. Whether you can spare only a couple hours?????a?????month or make a more significant time commitment, we hope you will consider joining this very special community.
- Learn more about our chapter services.
The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter offers numerous education programs across our service area throughout the year.????? Join us for one of our many support group and educational programs. View our event calendar here.
Impact of Alzheimer’s
Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer??????s Association, reveals the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, caregivers, the government and the nation’s healthcare system.