September 16, 2010
World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21. Support for major memory loss diseases in Congress has been minimal. Thirty -five million people around the world have been reported as having Alzheimer’s or a related memory loss disease.
Memory loss is not the stigma of shame it once was because of education and research. However, there is much more to be done to stamp out this expensive, extensive and debilitating decline of human resources.
Every citizen in every country can find a way to participate in raising awareness and resources for research and treatment for memory loss diseases.
The Breakthrough Ride
On September 21, 2010, research bike riders will arrive in Washington, D.C. and deliver thousands of signatures to legislators on the capitol steps. The signatures are being signed by supporters from a 66 day, over 4,500 mile ride from California.
Bruce Kenosian, Richard Mayeux, Ben Green, Nick Avignon, Christian Avignon and Thomas Wiesniewski invite you to sign in support of the Breakthrough Act proposed legislation.
Support the Breakthrough Act
According to Open Congress.org, H.R.3286 – Alzheimer’s Breakthrough Act of 2009 is “To amend the Public Health Service Act to fund breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s disease research while providing more help to caregivers and increasing public education about prevention.”
Signatures on petitions and letters to congress can force legislators to push through the Breakthrough Act, stop apathy, and support awareness of memory loss diseases.
Join and/or support the Memory Walk, October 3, 2010
According to the 2009 Alzheimer’s report, In 2006, between 2000 and 2006, Alzheimer’s related deaths had increased 47.1 percent. In 2009, the Alzheimer’s Association reported that a new case of dementia is diagnosed every seven seconds.
To support funding for research, clinical trials, and community support groups for dementia diseases, donate or join a Memory Walk in your area.
Donate to the Alzheimer’s Association
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association can be made in the memory of a loved one, as a one time general donation or as a monthly contribution.
Volunteer and/or support community memory loss groups
Local Alzheimer’s and memory loss agencies and community organizations need funding and support for consulting, respite care, and other programs for persons and families affected by Alzheimer’s and other memory loss diseases.
Support and participate in memory loss education.
Apathy and the daily demands of living causes people to overlook important activities and learning. Alzheimer’s studies reveal that symptoms and signs of Alzheimer’s can start in the early thirties for some people.
Learning about the discoveries of research, sorting out fact from fiction and taking steps to take care of the mental health and stimulation of the brain is important for every person.
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