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Get on the MOVE to end Alzheimer's

Get on the MOVE to end Alzheimer's

Credit: Evonne Benedict

Evonne Benedict's mother,diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1997.

by Evonne Benedict, KING 5

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 5 at 5:37 PM

Every 70 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

Alzheimer's is a progressive, crippling disease that effects both the mind and the body. And it can last for years.

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1997. For the last 9 years, it has been necessary for her to live in an Assisted Living facility. Her condition has progressed to the point where she needs help with almost everything -- she cannot walk on her own, she cannot eat on her own, she cannot care for herself in anyway on her own. She needs round-the-clock care.

Millions of families do not have the resources to provide for this care. They struggle to take care of their loved ones with Alzheimer's at home. Eventually it becomes a 24/7 job. Alzheimer's doesn't just effect the person with the disease, it has a huge impact on their families and loved ones.

As baby boomers age, more and more Americans will develop the disease. At this point there is no cure and no real way to slow the progression of the disease. According to the Alzheimer's Association, the annual cost of the disease in the U.S. is $172-billion dollars.

We can fight back, by raising money to help the Alzheimer's Association fund research and provide support services to families affected by Alzheimer's.

It's time to get on theMOVE to end Alzheimer's at the 2010 Memory Walk. This year the Walk is in four locations in the Puget Sound area. It's easy to sign up, and easy to fundraise.

For more information just visit:

The KING 5 Home Team hopes to see you there!