Letter | Join in fight against Alzheimer’s Disease

06/30/2014 12:00 AM

06/29/2014 1:11 PM

More than five million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s, and one-third of them are men. Think for a moment of the men in your life: fathers, grandfathers, brothers, uncles, and spouses and how they may be at risk for this disease.

As we gear up to celebrate Father’s Day, I am reminded of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s has had on my family. My father cares for my mother, who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. He has sacrificed everything to care for her. They’ve had a rough ride but my father has never left her side.

In his honor, I joined the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry (www.endALZnow.org), an online community that connects healthy individuals who are committed to preventing Alzheimer’s with scientists carrying out studies that will accelerate research. By matching enrollees with researchers, the Registry is expediting the success of Alzheimer’s prevention research.

Please do your part to make sure the men in your life don’t become a statistic. Join me in the fight to end this terrible disease: www.endALZnow.org

The writer lives in Conway.

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