End Alzheimer’s: The Day with the Most Light is the Day We Fight!
On June 21, Team Vesta will continue the fight to help end Alzheimer’s. Annually, on the “Longest Day of the Year, June 21,” teams all around the world focus their energy on raising funds and awareness to help fund the cure for Alzheimer’s and also programming to support families suffering from the disease. As Elder Care Consultants, on a daily basis, we see the devastation that this disease causes families, and we also know what a profound impact Alzheimer’s Disease has on the world population. Now, more than ever, there is hope on the horizon, and we will likely see the first survivor in our lifetime. There is hope, and YOU can help us #ENDALZ!
The Event: The Shortest Run for The Longest Day
Help us get to our $15,000 goal on The Longest Day by running or walking with us at The Shortest Run for The Longest Day! Bring your friends and family!
Schedule · Friday, June 21, 2019
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM:
Event Kick off / T-shirt Pick Up / Registration at Leff's Lucky Town
Run / Walk--Hart Park
End of Run / Walk Celebration and Raffle at Hart Fest in Hart Park
Run/Walk Sign Up:
Donate to Team Vesta:
Learn More about The Golden Age of Alzheimer’s Research here:
Keith Fargo, Ph.D., Director of scientific programs & outreach and Heather Snyder, Ph.D., Senior Director of Medical and Scientific Operations, Medical, and Scientific Relations from the Alzheimer’s Association led a session discussing the science behind Alzheimer’s and the research that is ongoing. Outcome goals of current research are to help us understand how to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, as well to find a medication that will either cure the disease or modify the progression of it.
Dr. Fargo stated that “This is the Golden Age of Alzheimer’s research!” He went on to say that there is more optimism and excitement than ever before. He even stated, “we are palpably close” to finding the medication that will help us to manage Alzheimer’s as a chronic disease like heart disease or diabetes! Currently, there are over 300 drugs in clinical trials that may possibly help to modify the progression of the disease or the difficult symptoms associated with it. Experience shows most of these medications will fail during the trial process, but even one success could make a monumental difference.
Alzheimer’s Disease Management
Dr. Snyder said that coming up with the balanced “recipe” of lifestyle and medication is key to the management of Alzheimer’s, just as it is to the management of so many other diseases that have gone from being a death sentence to chronic disease. The Alzheimer’s Association is dedicated to creating a world without Alzheimer’s. Recruitment has already begun for a new study, “The U.S. Pointer Study”, that will look at key lifestyle factors that may influence cognitive decline and potentially lead to Alzheimer’s. Those factors are physical exercise, nutrition, cognitive and social stimulation, and self-management of health status.
Dr. Mark Supiano, a geriatrician and researcher from the University of Utah, presented results from the recently completed “Sprint MIND Study”. This research supports the idea that “What is good for the heart is good for the brain,” and suggests that managing one’s health, blood pressure, in particular, will help to delay or prevent the onset of mild cognitive impairment. Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, is may be a precursor to dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Celebrities join the fight to #ENDALZ
Even celebrities are in the fight! The Alzheimer’s Association launched the first issue of their ALZ magazine designed to provide even more relatable information on the disease to those living with it, as well as those who love them. WNBA player, Candace Parker, is on the cover in honor of her Tennessee Volunteers coach and mentor, Pat Summitt, who lost her fight with Alzheimer’s at the young age of 64.
The Federal Government is showing increasing support in the effort to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s and to help those living with the disease now. For example, the president signed into law the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act: December 31, 2018. (BOLD: Building Our Largest Infrastructure for Dementia.) One designation or this law is to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, and brain health under the Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program. This seems to walk hand in hand with our local municipalities and their efforts toward developing “Dementia Friendly” communities.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most expensive disease to treat in America, even surpassing the cost of cancer treatment. Early detection and prevention could save trillions over time. Although many would say that it’s still not enough, Congress committed 1.9 billion dollars to the National Institute of Health for Alzheimer’s research in 2018. This is a $414 million dollar increase over 2017. Congress has appropriated an additional $425 million for 2019. Since 2016, fiscal support from the federal government has increased at record levels.
The Alzheimer’s Association is considered one of the top 3 international influencers in Alzheimer’s research. Only the US and Chinese governments are considered to have more influence over research than the Alzheimer’s Association. What may be even more interesting is that the Alzheimer’s Association influence is largely fueled and funded by highly motivated and mobilized volunteers and is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research.
We can be those volunteers and join in the fight to #ENDALZ!