Observed every year on September 21st, World Alzheimer's Day raises awareness of the public, people with dementia, their family and friends, medical professionals, and researchers about Alzheimer's Disease. Having a globally coordinated awareness day sends a strong message to governments and policymakers that dementia is fast becoming a public health crisis as the world's population grows older. The day can also be used to educate and challenge people's misconceptions as well as the stigma of dementia.
In an exciting event leading up to World Alzheimer's Day this year, Alzheimer's researchers will leave the lab and take to the road beginning this Saturday July 17th in the First Alzheimer's Breakthrough Ride. More than 55 researchers will cycle cross-country segments from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., collecting signatures along the way to support Alzheimer's research funding. The goal is to secure 50,000 petition signatures and present them to Congress on World Alzheimer's Day. Originally conceived by Bruce Lamb, Ph.D., whose current research analyzes the mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease, the Breakthrough Ride's petition supports the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act and other legislation to increase funding and focus attention on Alzheimer's research, care, and support. According to the Alzheimer's Association, for every $25000 the federal government spends on care for people living with Alzheimer's disease, it spends only $100 on Alzheimer's research.
In addition to the annual Memory Walk sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, this seems like a terrific opportunity to get involved and show your enthusiasm and support for Alzheimer's disease. Click here to find an event in your area, follow the riders, and sign the online petition.