Why should YOU care about ending Alzheimer’s?

The pursuit of ending Alzheimer’s is about more than just finding a cure. It’s about improving the human experience, fostering a more compassionate society, and advancing our understanding of the brain and neurological disorders.

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition that not only affects individuals diagnosed with it but also has profound impacts on their families and society as a whole. Alzheimer’s is a progressive and irreversible brain disorder that gradually impairs memory and cognitive functions. It strips away a person’s ability to remember, think, and function independently, ultimately leading to the loss of life

As the disease progresses, individuals with Alzheimer’s lose their independence and ability to perform daily tasks. Ending Alzheimer’s would allow people to live their lives fully, maintaining their dignity and quality of life.   It’s emotionally, physically, and financially taxing to care for someone with Alzheimer’s. Ending the disease would relieve this burden on families and caregivers.

Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC)

ADRC Director Dr. Allan Levey speaks about the efforts to understand Alzheimer’s disease and explore memory at Emory.

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Impact on the Individual

  • Cognitive Decline: Alzheimer’s progressively impairs memory, thinking, and reasoning abilities. Individuals experience memory loss, confusion, difficulty concentrating, and eventually a loss of ability to carry out everyday tasks.

  • Emotional and Behavioral Changes: Mood swings, anxiety, depression, and changes in personality or behavior are common. This can be distressing for the individual as they struggle to recognize these changes within themselves.

  • Loss of Independence: As the disease advances, individuals lose their ability to live independently. They might need assistance with basic tasks like dressing, eating, and personal hygiene.

  • Physical Decline: Alzheimer’s can lead to physical complications as well, making individuals more susceptible to other health issues.

  • Death.

Impact on the Family

  • Caregiver Responsibilities: Family members often become primary caregivers, dedicating extensive time and effort to assist with daily activities, manage medications, and provide emotional support. This can be physically and emotionally exhausting, leading to caregiver burnout.

  • Financial Strain: The costs associated with caregiving, medical expenses, and sometimes hiring professional help can put a significant financial burden on families.

  • Social Isolation: Families may become more isolated as caregiving responsibilities limit their ability to participate in social activities, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

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