Monday, May 9, 2011

A Tragic Epidemic Which Has No Survivors

Recently, Gay and I were shocked to be told that an old friend from our running club had died from Alzheimer's, at the age of 55. Perhaps even more shocking was that he had been so stricken with this illness, so young, that he had been in a home for 5 years. The last time we saw him, he was a fit, and fast, man in the prime of life.

We thought this was something which only affects old people.

Of course, old people do get Alzheimer's, but more and more people are moving into the "old" category.

This year, the first of the Boomer Generation turns 65. To bring urgently-needed attention to the risk facing the Boomers, Alzheimer's Association recently released a groundbreaking study Generation Alzheimer's: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers.

They have put together a microsite about this. You really should look at it. Here it is:

Alzheimer's does not only affect other people. This year, an estimated 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's in the USA alone.

We can change that.

1 comment:

Karen said...

One of my friends, Pete Stringfellow (yes, really!), who cycled the Manchester-Blackpool bike ride with me, is cycling 'tower to tower' (Blackpool to Paris) next month, July, to raise money for Alzheimers research. His mum suffers from it and he's constantly doing things to raise funds. He's a good'un, like you!! Xx