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Do you know the cost of ignoring Alzheimer's disease?

We have a mission at Memory Ball, and that is to end Alzheimer's disease in this lifetime. Right now, there are currently about 747,000 people with dementia across Canada. That number is expected to double to 1.4 million by 2031. Alzheimer's is officially the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. This number could actually be higher, because it may cause even more deaths than official sources recognize. Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an epidemic, but it can be stopped. We can make a difference. 747,000 Canadians live with dementia

2014 was a great year for Alzheimer's advocacy and breakthroughs.  Here are some moments that made 2014 a great year for Alzheimer's awareness. While there's still a lot of work we need to do in 2015, here are some moments from the past year that inspired us. Thanks to some of these breakthroughs, we will see the end of this disease in our lifetime. 1. February 26, 2014 - Seth Rogen makes his Senate Subcommittee speech
"Americans whisper the word Alzheimer's because their government whispers the word Alzheimer's. And although a whisper is better than the silence that the Alzheimer's community has been facing for decades, it's still not enough. It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs."

This is the third installment in our 'Dealing with a Diagnosis' series. This series aims to open the discussion on Alzheimer's disease, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and discuss the capabilities associated with the disease, not the limitations. Our hope is that with a more candid conversation surrounding Alzheimer's disease, we can encourage people to seek treatment and support earlier. Like other illnesses, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is bound to bring about a range of emotions, both for the person who was diagnosed and their friends and family. There is no right or wrong way to feel, and your feelings may change over time. You may experience some or all of these feelings:
  • shock
  • fear
  • anger
  • resentment
  • denial
  • helplessness
  • sadness
  • frustration
  • relief
  • acceptance
  • isolation
  • sense of loss
Help for people receiving a diagnosis

This is the second installment in our 'Dealing with a Diagnosis' series. This series aims to open the discussion on Alzheimer's disease, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and discuss the capabilities associated with the disease, not the limitations. Our hope is that with a more candid conversation surrounding Alzheimer's disease, we can encourage people to seek treatment and support earlier.
Special thanks to Marija Padjen of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for her assistance with this article.
OK, so this blog title isn't quite accurate - we can’t really sum up what you can expect when you or a loved one is dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. There are so many factors involved, both physical and emotional, that every situation is different. There are, however, some common physical symptoms that a person with Alzheimer’s is likely exhibiting. Someone who has this disease may experience a few of these symptoms or all of them. Most of the time people think that memory loss is the number one sign of Alzheimer’s disease; however, there is a range of symptoms that someone might exhibit, and you may notice symptoms other than memory loss first.