Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease is a global crisis with a significant impact to local communities. Here’s how you can help to fight Alzheimer’s.

This is former Hamilton County Commissioner, Chris Monzel, and this is the Monzel Report.

Currently, more than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and by 2020 this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million! Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. And 16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Right here in Greater Cincinnati, an estimated 50,000 families are facing progressive and fatal disease, which is devasting our families, our finances and our future. Alzheimer’s affects us at home and at work. 6 in 10 caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia were employed in the past year while providing help. These individuals worked an average of 35 hours per week while caregiving.

Nearly one-quarter of dementia caregivers are not only caring for an aging parent, but also for children under the age of 18. With 83% of care at home being provided by family members, friends or other unpaid caregivers, the personal impact of Alzheimer’s is far-reaching. Alzheimer’s takes a disruptive toll in the workplace too: 57% of employed caregivers had to go in late, leave early or take time off due to caregiver demands. Alzheimer’s truly has a significant local impact.

Here in Greater Cincinnati and across the United States, the Alzheimer’s Association provides education and support to the millions who face dementia every day, while advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately a cure. But they need our help. So, what can you do? One way is to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The walk is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide and is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Please join us for the Cincinnati Walk on Saturday, October 5th. For more information you please visit www.alz.org/walk

This is Chris Monzel for the Monzel Report.

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