The numbers don’t do justice to the scope of Alzheimers Disease.
Yes, it affects 5.4 million people in the US, including 70,000 people in Connecticut. The number of new cases has also increased 10% nationally over a decade, and that number could rise, especially in a state like Connecticut with a rapidly aging population. The cost to “uncompensated caregivers” - loved ones and others - more than 193 million hours of care, some $2.3 billion.
But the numbers don’t hit home until you hear the story of University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summit, at the young age of 59, reporting that she’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
It doesn’t hit until Glen Campbell announces a “farewell tour” because of the advance of the disease.
And it really hits home when someone you know or love - and we all seem to know someone - begins to suffer from the disease.’
Today, where we live - alzheimers. We’ll look at new research...and methods of care. Walk to End Alzheimer's:Saturday, October 1, 2011Enfield Town Green, Enfield, CTHarkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, CT Sunday, October 2, 2011Bushnell Park, Hartford, CTLighthouse Point Park, New Haven, CTCalf Pasture Beach, Norwalk, CT