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Fighting the Good Fight


Orange County Register
July 24, 2014
By Theresa Walker

O.C.'s Alzheimer's Association Looks back at 10 years of progress and need in the battle against a disease that's more widespread than many realize.

Jim McAleer's experience with Alzheimer's disease has been both a personal and public part of his life. McAleer, 48, is approaching his 10th anniversary as president and CEO of Alzheimer's Association's Orange County chapter. When he was in his 20s and just starting his career in the nonprofit sector, both his grandmothers died from Alzheimer's.

"What attracted me to this job," says the native Georgian of his position, "was not that my grandmothers had this disease, but that my mother was primary caregiver for both." (read the entire article).

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Teen Named Alzheimer's Association Caregiver of the Year

Orange County Register
July 2, 2014

Myles Saunders is like most 16-year-olds.

Except seven years ago, his mom grew forgetful. Was he at school? Was he at a friend’s home? She couldn’t recall.

Here was a woman fluent in two languages, who danced and sang with the original cast of the hit musical “Cats” before giving it up to stay home with her son. And at 46, Jina Broughten Scott was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, joining approximately 200,000 Americans...(read the entire article)

Editorial: An Epidemic Approaches

By Jim McAleer - Special Contributor
Orange County Register
April 3, 2014

Without intervention, Alzheimer’s disease will have a devastating impact on our world.

Aside from the devastating impact to individuals and families as loved ones slip away, one memory at a time, the rising incidence of the disease, coupled with the massive cost of care and loss of worker productivity for caregivers, will have a shattering societal impact. We need to talk about this. That’s why advocates from all over the United States will converge in Washington, D.C. this coming week to push for a much greater funding allocation for Alzheimer’s research. Let’s look at just why this conversation is so important.

For several years, it’s been reported that Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Today’s dose of reality is that Alzheimer’s appears to be the third-leading cause, right below heart disease and cancer.
While it turns out that today’s numbers are vastly underreported, it is also clear the situation will only grow worse...(read the entire article)

Report: Alzheimer's Costs Orange County Millions In Productivity

Orange County Register
January 12, 2014

The projected rise in Alzheimer's disease is not only a public health crisis, it's a problem for local businesses, according to a recent report by the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County.

There are 60,880 cases of Alzheimer's in Orange County and an additional 23,273 older adults have other forms of dementia. Alzheimer's, a degenerative brain disease, is the fourth-leading cause of death, and the number of cases is growing as baby boomers age.
Most patient care is provided by family members at no cost. Yet 60 percent of those caretakers have jobs and two-thirds of them report having to start work late, leave early or take time off to care for a relative. Eleven percent of caregivers have reduced their hours or quit altogether.

The report forecasts that by 2030, the reduced productivity of family caregivers will cost Orange County more than $19 million per year...(Read the Entire Article)

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AAOC Brings Large Presence To Washington DC for National Advocacy Conference

The annual National Advocacy Conference in Washington took place from Monday, April 7th to Thursday, April 10th. Local Orange County advocates descended on the nation's capitol with fellow advocates from the dozens of chapters of the Alzheimer's Association nationwide to advocate for those living with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementia.

Attendees spent the week learning about current legislation and programs relevant to Americans living with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones. They led meetings with Members of Congress and Unites States Senators and legislative staff, educating them as to the importance of committing resources to Alzheimer's disease research and programs, as well as caregiver services and education.

Orange County was well-represented with staff, volunteers and advocates making the trip to lobby on behalf of the cause.

Cornerstone Campaign: Care, Cure, Capacity

By giving to our Cornerstone Campaign focused on Care, Cure and Capacity, you are investing in a world without Alzheimer's

Care: Currently, we serve only 26% of the affected population in Orange County -- leaving over 60,000 people and their families without the care they need. A gift to Care makes it possible for us to continue providing no-cost services and support to local families in need.

Cure: The number of affected individuals continues to grow unabated as scientists seek a cure, and is projected to triple by 2050. Dollars given to the Cure initiative will advance Alzheimer’s science in pursuit of a cure, effective treatments and prevention.

Capacity: Every 68 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Funding dedicated to Capacity will be devoted to ensuring the ongoing and expanded availability of programs to address the growing demand.

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To learn more about the Cornerstone Campaign, contact Ann at ann.mcdowell@alz.org or 949.757.3714.



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