I’m going purple today, in honor of June, which is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
My passion for this issue is related in large part to my work as an RN caring for patients suffering from this, but also because of loved ones who have struggled with it, too. As you might know, the main character in my novel, Then Sings My Soul, is battling his own form of age-related dementia. It’s a story of love and loss as Jakob and his daughter, Nel, navigate their days and learn to find hope in the midst of it all.
The number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other brain/memory loss disease processes are striking. Chances are–and especially as our population ages–if you’re not related to someone who has it, then you know someone trying to balance the often overwhelming caregiving needs of these patients.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association:
Worldwide, 47 million people are living with dementia.
The annual global cost of dementia is $604 billion in U.S. dollars.
The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to skyrocket to 76 million by 2030.
In the United States, Alzheimer’s disease is a triple threat, which means that:
- Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death in the top 10 that can’t be prevented, cured or slowed.
Do you or someone you know afflicted with these issues need hope?
Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website by clicking here to learn about steps you can take to join the fight against Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders.
You can also pick up a copy of the novel, Then Sings My Soul, for you and a friend.