Alzheimer's Disease is a devastating illness that affects almost all of us in one way or another. Some of us may suffer from the disease ourselves, while others are children, grandchildren, friends, or other relatives of those who are affected.
Seth Rogen, whose mother-in-law has Alzheimer's Disease, recently spoke out to a senate committee on the issue and his desire to see more attention and funding put forth in the fight to end Alzheimer's Disease. While his speech was funny, it also drove home how difficult the disease can be for all involved.
Alzheimer's Disease is the sixth leading killer in the United States and destroys the mind of the afflicted. Seth Rogen describes how "after forgetting who she and her loved ones were, [his] mother-in-law - a teacher of 35 years - then forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself, and go to the bathroom herself, all by the age of 60." And for her family, it has been emotionally, physically, and financially taxing.
Seth's experience is not unique, but thankfully we have resources in our Kansas communities that can help ease the burden. The Alzheimer's Association is a national group with local branches in Wichita and Topeka. They are perhaps the best resource to contact if you're interested in helping against Alzheimer's. What can you do?
- Volunteer with Alzheimer's patients;
- Volunteer at or participate in yearly fundraising events;
- Become an advocate - do research, testify on behalf of the AA at various committee hearings, and meet with local and national officials.
The Alzheimer's Association's yearly Robert C. Reilly Golf Tournament is in Wichita on May 30th and the Walk to End Alzheimer's has divisions across Kansas.
Further details and more information can be found at the Alzheimer's Association's website. Head there then enter your zip code into the "Find Your Chapter" field.