Imagine waking up and not remembering the person next to you or the family member who comes to visit… or being that family member or friend, helplessly standing by as Alzheimer’s disease ravages the mind, changes the behavior, and steals the memories of your loved one… Many of you well know the devastation of this disease. You’ve been touched personally or seen a friend or neighbor struggle through the process.
No socioeconomic factors make us immune to this debilitating disease. Someone develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds, and right now, we cannot prevent, cure, or even slow its progression. It is estimated that the disease will cost society $214 billion dollars in 2014 alone, but the human cost is incalculable. Family, friends, and communities are profoundly impacted as they lose the person they know and the opportunity to make and share lasting connections.
As a country, we have made tremendous strides in discovering cures for other devastating illnesses. Now Alzheimer’s needs to be the focus of the same concerted efforts. Each year, Alzheimer’s kills more Americans than breast and prostate cancers combined… but it remains one of the most critical unaddressed public health issues in America.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, and we are committed to finding a cure. We connect and convene the greatest minds in Alzheimer's science to collaborate, address common challenges, and share new discoveries. We are also working to ensure that our national policy and research agendas reflect the importance of Alzheimer's disease as a leading cause of disability and death and an emerging health care crisis. In order to insure that our visions are realized, we need your financial help to support these efforts and our local services.
Over 3,000 individuals contacted our Chapter’s 24-hour helpline in the past year for information about Alzheimer’s and services such as support groups, educational programs, care consultations, family socials, our “Time Away” program and safety services. We are making a difference in so many lives, but there is much more to do. There are over 40,000 people in Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, and Sullivan Counties who need our help.
Those affected by the disease are counting on us, and we hope we can count on you for a generous year-end contribution. The end of Alzheimer’s disease starts right here.
If you have not already responded to this opportunity to make a gift, please consider doing so today by calling our office at 800-272-3900 or making a secure online donation. We'd also appreciate your help in reaching others who want to bring an end to Alzheimer's but who may not yet have participated in this campaign.
Thank you again for your support. What a great way to start the New Year!