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Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, killed more than 90,000 Americans in 2015, according to the
Alzheimer's, a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills, was discovered 110 years ago, but there was little public knowledge of the disease as recently as 1980, when the Alzheimer's Association was founded. While much has been learned about it since that time, scientists still don't yet fully understand what causes the disease in most people and there is still no cure. However, neuroscience research efforts are taking place to develop effective treatments and ways to prevent Alzheimer's.
One way you can help fund that research is to participate in McDaniel College's eighth annual Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday morning, Oct. 8, at Gill Stadium. Proceeds fund research and support services through the Greater Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, which services more than 14,000 people each year through support groups, a 24/7 help line and education programs in the state.
Next Wednesday, Oct. 12, for the fourth consecutive year, the college will host its Alzheimer's Symposium, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Decker Student Center Forum, featuring Johns Hopkins neurologist Dr. Majid Fotuhi, who has been researching the effects of lifestyle on the aging brain, and other speakers who have been affected by Alzheimer's in some way and will talk address the challenges it posed on their families. There will also be discussions on specific resources available in Carroll County such as financial assistance and respite care.
To register or learn more about either event, call 410-857-2500 or email email@example.com.
As Carroll's population — and the nation's — continues to get older, more people will be directly or indirectly affected by Alzheimer's disease in the near future. Raising awareness and funds for research can help us be closer to a cure when that future arrives.