Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's Raises More Than $2 Million That Stays in Georgia
Atlanta - January 11, 2016 - Residents from all over the state of Georgia joined the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. With 16 walks spanning from September through November, more than 10,500 participants raised more than $2 million to fund Alzheimer's care, support and research programs with 95% of walks reaching or exceeding their fundraising goals.
Walk to End Alzheimer's participants did more than complete the walk in their city. They learned about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, clinical studies, support programs and services. The walks also included the poignant Promise Garden Ceremony, an emotional tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. Now the Alzheimer's Association is continuing to lead the way with the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's Association The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900.
December 2015 Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter Launches Faces of Alzheimer's Campaign
The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter has launched its Faces of Alzheimer's Campaign. The campaign features five real families across the state dealing with this devastating disease and the impact on family, friends and caregivers of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's is the only disease that currently has no cure with no way to stop or slow its progression, and while there are risk factors for Alzheimer's occurrence, the disease can affect anyone.
"This campaign, which will run through December 31, tells the stories of these five featured families with the hopes those who see them will help fund research to end this disease," said Leslie Gregory - president and chief executive officer, Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. "What they share in common is the support and guidance they receive from the Alzheimer's Association throughout their journey as either the caregiver or the patient of Alzheimer's," he added.
Alzheimer's Georgia is featuring these families on its website, online ads and direct mail campaign.
Kenya and Rebecca Cabine - Savannah/Atlanta Former Atlanta Educator, Rebecca Cabine, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 58, and her primary caregiver became her son Kenya, who is a radio DJ in Savannah. After his mother's diagnosis, Kenya turned to the Alzheimer's Association for caregiver information and resources for guidance and support. The Alzheimer's Association helped set a course of care for his mother as well as connected Kenya with a trained Alzheimer's care consultant.
Lloyd and Mary McCreary - Atlanta Mary McCreary began showing signs of early onset Alzheimer's in 2007 and was officially diagnosed in 2010. Mary's husband, Lloyd, 65, has been caring for her since her diagnosis. Lloyd is an active participant in several of the Alzheimer's Association's caregiver programs, including the Younger Onset Support Group and the Safe Return Program.
Bob and Claudia Thoresen - Augusta About 10 years ago, Bob Thoresen's wife, Claudia, began displaying symptoms of Alzheimer's. From the start of her symptoms, Bob used the services of the Alzheimer's Association, including caregiver support groups and resource referrals in order to improve his knowledge, skill and confidence as his wife's caregiver.
Linda and Wendell Burton - Central Georgia Linda Burton turned to Alzheimer's Association for educational resources and support groups since her husband's diagnosis. The Burtons have struggled with the presence of Alzheimer's disease for the past 10 years, but Linda's husband, Wendell, was not officially diagnosed for several years after symptoms first appeared.
Phil and Kim Wilson - North Georgia Phil Wilson, 62, has been providing care for his wife Kim since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease nine months ago. The couple uses Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter's caregiver and patient support services to gain insight into what to expect and how to deal with the disease's progression.
To help continue to provide care, support, advocacy and research for patients and caregivers across Georgia, please make a donation now through December 31 at alz.org. All donations are tax-deductable.
Alzheimer's Association report finds state Medicaid costs for people living with Alzheimer's disease will increase significantly in all states including in Georgia over the next 10 years.
The Alzheimer’s Association’s new report, Impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on Medicaid Costs: A Growing Burden for States, released today, found that between 2015 and 2025, Medicaid costs for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will increase in every state in the U.S. and the District of Columbia. In fact, by 2025, 35 states will see increases in Alzheimer’s Medicaid costs of at least 40 percent from 2015, including 22 states that will see increases of at least 50 percent.
In Georgia, Medicaid spending on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will increase 61 percent by 2025. This year, spending will total $989 million, increasing to almost $1.6 billion in 2025. Approximately 10 percent of the 2015 Medicaid budget in Georgia is spent on people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
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