In­creas­ing Aware­ness Can Lead To A Cure

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

(NAPSA)-Alzheimer’s dis­ease will af­fect one in eight baby boomers as they age. Odds are you will know one of them-and you may be able to help them.

The great­est risk fac­tor for Alzheimer’s dis­ease is in­creas­ing age, and the dis­ease is ex­pected to be­come more preva­lent. The num­ber of peo­ple who have the dis­ease will dou­ble in the next 20 years and dou­ble again in the fol­low­ing 20 years if a cure is not found. Cur­rently, a per­son in the U.S. de­vel­ops Alzheimer’s dis­ease ev­ery 70 sec­onds. This will in­crease to ev­ery 33 sec­onds by the mid­dle of this cen­tury.

The best thing you can do to help those af­fected by the dis­ease is to learn all you can about it. In­creased aware­ness will help pave the way for the re­search needed to find a cure.

Sci­en­tists are mak­ing progress in find­ing ef­fec­tive treat­ments-but re­search is ex­pen­sive and takes time. In­creased un­der­stand­ing about Alzheimer’s will re­duce stigma, im­prove care and help strengthen the pub­lic fight against the dis­ease.

You can help by spread­ing the word to family, friends and col­leagues-even your elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

One help­ful new tool is a se­ries of five, short (less than three min­utes each), easyto-un­der­stand “pocket” films that have been cre­ated to help in­crease the un­der­stand­ing of Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

The se­ries of films-”A Quick Look at Alzheimer’s”-is de_signed to play on iPods, cell phones, PDAs, lap­tops and DVDs.

Originally de­vel­oped in En_glish, the pocket films are now avail­able in 10 other lan­guages: Ara­bic, Farsi, French, Ger­man, Hindi, Ja­panese, Man­darin Chi­nese, Por­tuguese, Rus_sian and Span­ish.

The films, found at www.aboutalz.org, are free for non­com­mer­cial use. The Al­liance for Ag­ing Re­search is hop­ing in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions will use the films to help fur­ther aware­ness of the dis­ease.

The films were writ­ten and di­rected by David Shenk, au­thor of “The For­get­ting,” an­i­mated by Jossie Malis and nar­rated by David Hyde Pierce. They were de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Al­liance for Ag­ing Re­search with a grant from MetLife Foun­da­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.aboutalz.org.

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