To The Editor:
Did you know that nearly 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease in 2013? Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this year alone Alzheimer’s cost this country $203 billion dollars and that number is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050. These statistics should be alarming. The saddest fact about Alzheimer’s disease is that there is no cure.
I had never dealt with this disease until my grandmother, Esther Goldberg, was diagnosed with a form of Alzheimer’s disease. My grandmother was an amazing person. Seeing her suffer from this disease broke my heart. My grandmother’s illness was even worse on my mother and my uncle. My grandmother lost her battle with Alzheimer’s three years ago.
After she died, I decided to become an Alzheimer’s advocate. I wanted to inform my community and city about this horrible disease and the impact it has on our society. I also wanted to bring my generations’ attention to this disease. If we don’t do something to stand up to this disease, the numbers are going to get worse. There is something you can do: the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Walk To End Alzheimer’s is this Sunday, Sept. 29, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Three years ago I started a team, “Esther’s Dreamers…Dreaming For A Cure” in my grandmother’s honor. All the money raised helps the Alzheimer’s Association keep searching for a cure and provides funding for direct care programs in New York City. If you have some time this weekend, please join me Sunday morning at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and walk to end Alzheimer’s.