Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States for which there is no cure nor a definitive way to prevent or slow progression. Today there are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. Every 65 seconds someone in this country develops the
disease and these individuals are supported by more than 16 million unpaid caregivers. In 2019, Alzheimer’s and related dementias will cost the nation $290 billion dollars. It is the most expensive disease in America.
June is designated as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, encouraging everyone to create awareness and raise funds for an eventual end to this devastating disease. As a professional in the field as well as a former family caregiver, I am passionate about spreading the word and educating others about this progressive, incurable disease. I would encourage others to become acquainted with Alzheimer’s resources and especially this month, become familiar with and share the 10 Ways to Love Your Brain campaign created by the Alzheimer’s Association. There is strong evidence that lifestyle modification can reduce the risk of cognitive decline. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.
Visit www.alz.org/10ways to learn how.
We call on our state and federal policymakers to take action during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and join our efforts in recognizing those who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. I thank Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman for her leadership in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Please encourage her continued commitment in Congress for supporting New Jersey families who have been affected by this disease. Only when we band together to create awareness and raise funds can we hope to realize the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
Danielle (Dani) Micale
Alzheimer’s ambassador and advocate