To the editor:
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, there is no way to cure, stop or slow the disease progression. Each year more people die from Alzheimer's disease than from diabetes, colon cancer and breast cancer combined. Unlike the other top causes of death which have rates that are declining, Alzheimer's is rapidly on the increase. Today someone will be diagnosed with this deadly disease every 68 seconds, and as the baby boomers age it is feared that will jump to every 33 seconds. We need your help to stop this disease, and to help those affected by it.
On Oct. 6, join us at Iowa Central Community College for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Participants can walk as a team or as individuals, and take as little as two steps or walk as far as 2.5 miles. Nationwide people will come together and take a step towards a future without Alzheimer's disease and by walking together towards this goal we will be letting those affected by this disease know that they are not alone, there is hope. Register today at www.alz.org/walk.
The Alzheimer's Association is also a proud co-sponsor of an upcoming Caregiver's Conference on Oct. 16 at Iowa Central Community College. The conference also sponsored by Iowa Central, Elderbridge, Friendship Haven and the Marion Home, features nationally known speaker and dementia expert Teepa Snow. Snow has more than 35 years of experience and her hands-on approach to understanding the disease and helping to better care for those diagnosed will make this a conference you won't want to miss. Preregistration is required, $75 for health care professionals, and free for senior citizens, volunteers and family caregivers. Health care professionals will receive six CEUs. To sign up please call (800 362-2793, ext. 1320. Registration ends Sept. 28.
The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter, Fort Dodge office provides free services and support to those diagnosed and affected by Alzheimer's disease, including a caregiver's support group the first and third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m., and a lending library of resources and activities. The Association is also leading the way in Alzheimer's research, education and information.
For questions about the walk, the conference, support groups, Alzheimer's disease or to make a donation, please call 576-4884 or our toll free 24/7 hotline - (800) 272-3900.
Amy Von Bank
Program and event
Greater Iowa Chapter