“This is a frontier where we can dramatically improve human life,” the 62-year-old philanthropist said in a press release on Monday, “It’s a miracle that people are living so much longer, but longer life expectancies alone are not enough. People should be able to enjoy their later years – and we need a breakthrough in Alzheimer’s to fulfill that.”
Unfortunately, despite extensive research, we are still far away from finding a cure for Alzheimer's. But here's what you can do in the meantime.
While the National Institute of Health spends $3 billion a year on AIDS research, and nearly $4.9 billion on cancer, for Alzheimer’s it spends only $500 million, an enormous drop off for an illness that is already widespread and growing rapidly.
Costello says that after his personal experiences with his father and grandmother, he immediately wanted to support Music & Memory. Says the singer: "It was clear to me that the charity is offering that same possibility of solace and comfort [as in my family], and the little that I was asked to do [to support it] was a task readily undertaken."
Recently, actor Seth Rogen testified on Capitol Hill before a handful of Senators; and no, it had nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana. Instead, he talked about something much more important and personal - the rising costs of caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease.
You’ve been hearing the warnings for years and they’re dire. Without an effective treatment or cure, Alzheimer’s will become so pervasive it will overwhelm the health care system and wreak havoc on the economy. Left unchecked, the footprint of the disease will only expand as the boomers age.
We have the imagery down pat. Just search the words “Alzheimer’s” and “tsunami” and nearly 3,000 news articles appear, describing how Alzheimer’s will wash over the aging population like a tidal wave.
What we don’t have is anything close to the necessary funding to address the looming crisis. And based on the latest projections, we’d better act fast.
Rogen and Miller, both 34 and Millennials, know the devastating downside of having a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. They also know how to harness humor and their thirtysomething friends to raise awareness and funds for a disease that most Millennials know little about.
Here are a few of the top charities tackling Alzheimer’s disease. These organizations fund research, raise awareness, educate, and provide comfort to those living with and caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease.
The vision for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund was set by our founders. Frustrated with the slow pace of research about the disease, they applied their experience in venture capital and corporate startups to build an organization specifically designed to accelerate research, make bold bets, and eradicate the disease.
In 2012, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen founded Hilarity for Charity ® (HFC) as a resource for the millennial generation, to help bridge the gap in understanding the landscape of Alzheimer’s disease. Today, HFC is dedicated to raising awareness, inspiring change, and accelerating progress in Alzheimer’s care, research, and support through the engagement of millennials. Using this unique approach, HFC aims to significantly improve outcomes for all family members contending with Alzheimer’s disease by 2020.
By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY® Certified organizations, we aim to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada identifies, develops and facilitates national priorities that enable its members to effectively alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer's and related diseases, promotes research and leads the search for a cure.
The Alzheimers Aid Society of Northern California is one of the only Alzheimers organizations in Northern California where your total contribution dollars remain within the state to help Alzheimers families.
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.
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is the umbrella organisation of Alzheimer associations around the world. We aim to help establish and strengthen Alzheimer associations throughout the world, and to raise global awareness about Alzheimer's disease and all other causes of dementia.
Our mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.
Our mission is to fund highly credible, determined scientists focused on researching Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementia with the intent of finding a cure.
Our vision is a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.
The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia and those who care for them.
Located in the heart of Western Massachusetts, the Alzheimer’s Music Project’s mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia by providing a compact, mp3 player, and a personalized music playlist of their most beloved songs and artists.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation is to prevent Alzheimer’s disease by funding research studies and providing educational outreach and memory screenings. For 20 years, the ARPF has been on the leading edge by researching, advocating, and educating for a holistic or integrative approach to preventing memory loss and Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, irreversible brain disorder with no known cause or cure. It attacks and slowly steals the minds of its victims. Symptoms of the disease include memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, personality changes, disorientation, and loss of language skills. Always fatal, Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of irreversible dementia.
We advocate for the needs of people living with all types of dementia, and for their families and carers, and provide support services, education and information.
Dementia Australia is a member of Alzheimer's Disease International, the umbrella organisation of Dementia and Alzheimer's Associations around the world.
Our volunteer nonprofit organization wants to bring HOPE through education about what Dementia is, what it isn't, and to help people who live with Dementia continue to lead meaningful lives, as well as supporting their care partners.
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation is dedicated to attacking the scourge of Alzheimer's with a 3-pronged assault focused on the cause, care, and cure for Alzheimer's disease as well as supporting the public with educational programs.