In 1983, President Ronald Reagan, who was later diagnosed with AlzheimerΓÇÖs disease, designated November as National AlzheimerΓÇÖs Disease Awareness Month. ┬áDuring that year, fewer than two million Americans had AlzheimerΓÇÖs.┬á That number has since skyrocketed as an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with AlzheimerΓÇÖs today. ┬áUnfortunately, the number of AlzheimerΓÇÖs sufferers is expected to continue to explode and will nearly triple by┬á2050.
That is why the AlzheimerΓÇÖs 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┬áand help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease:
- Become an advocate.┬á Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with AlzheimerΓÇÖs 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┬áa┬ámonth 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.┬á 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 AlzheimerΓÇÖs Association, reveals the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, caregivers, the government and the nation’s healthcare system.