Welcome to the Alzheimer’s Association
Care & Cure Drive for Family and Friends Website
What is the Alzheimer’s Association?
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s, and since our founding in 1980, we have moved toward this goal by advancing research and providing support, information and education to those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Understanding the Reality
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal brain disorder. It is the most common form of dementia and it currently has no know cure.
Alzheimer's is also:
- The sixth leading cause of death in America
- Responsible for $173 billion in annual costs in the United States
- Not limited to the elderly – with people in their 30s, 40s and 50s developing the disease
- A disease someone in America develops every 70 seconds (and, by mid-century, someone will develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds)
What is the Care & Cure Drive for Family and Friends?
The Alzheimer’s Association Care & Cure Drive is an effort to connect with family, friends and neighbors, and ask them to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Coming together to raise money to benefit Alzheimer’s disease is a wonderful way to help fund vital research, build awareness and provide much-needed programs and services to the more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s in the United States and their families.
Maintain Your Brain
Take these steps today to keep your brain healthier as you age:
- Stay physically active – Exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain and encouraging new brain cells.
- Adopt a brain-healthy diet – A brain-healthy diet is one that reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes and is low in fat and cholesterol.
- Remain socially active – Social activity can reduce stress levels, which helps maintain healthy connections among brain cells.
- Stay mentally active – Mentally stimulating activities strengthen brain cells and the connections between them.
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