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Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. There is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death. In 2010, there were 36 million sufferers worldwide and Alzheimer’s is predicted to affect 1 in 79 people globally by 2050.
Because Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured and is degenerative, the sufferer relies on others for assistance. The role of the main caregiver is often taken by the spouse or a close relative. Alzheimer’s disease is known for placing a great burden on caregivers; the pressures can be wide-ranging, involving social, psychological, physical, and economic elements of the caregiver’s life.
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is the international federation of Alzheimer associations from around the world. ADI’s vision is an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families throughout the world. ADI believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of Global Solutions and local knowledge. As such, it works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers, while working globally to focus attention on dementia.
My fiancée, Sarah Smith, works for ADI and has shared with me information on the great work that they do both nationally and internationally. I have also seen the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on individuals and caregivers first hand and through my role in mountain rescue I have been involved in several call outs for people with dementia who have gone missing. As the global population ages and increases there are likely to be more people affected by dementia and it is important that suitable support is in place globally for the sufferers and their carers.
In Spring 2013, I am attempting to climb Mount Everest and I would like to raise money for ADI at the same time. Please help take action on dementia by donating generously.
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