Alzheimer’s disease affects people in their 30s through 60s
Alzheimer’s disease often gets less attention than other diseases whereas it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Estimation says 5.7 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. And by 2050, the number will be more than double to almost 14 million. The Gayle Wells Foundation for Early Onset Alzheimer’s & Care (GWF) stepped to defeat this future assumption. The organization proudly announced the first-ever nationwide Early Onset Alzheimer’s Awareness Day to be recognized on Sept 14.
What exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Scientists are scratching their heads for long struggling to find why Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an epidemic. The disease affects people early in their 30s through the 60s, and there is no effective treatment or cure. This population is often overlooked because they are considered to be in the minority of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. However, the number of individuals living with early-onset Alzheimer’s is estimated to be more than 500,000 people in the United States. These patients do face numerous challenges, as programs, long-term care facilities, and financial assistance are often structured for individuals older than 65 years of age.
For several years, experts theorized and blamed genetics for this deadly disease. In 2017, researchers finally stumbled across a logical explanation that there’s much more to blame for Alzheimer’s disease. They turned their attention to environment toxins-heavy metals to be specific. Shortly after, the countless study started revealing a strong correlation between heavy metal exposure and Alzheimer’s disease.
On a mission to aware and vanish Alzheimer’s
Through the initiative of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, Gayle Wells Foundation strives to raise awareness for the affected population. The organization committed to increasing programs and services, specifically geared to those impacted by this disease. They also intend to look after the unique challenges that individuals and families impacted by early-onset Alzheimer’s disease endure.
The event ‘Early Onset Alzheimer’s Awareness Day’ will take place on Sept 14 in loving memory of Gayle Wells, who died from the disease on this date in 2011. The GWF was created in Gayle’s honor to provide education, training, support, and care to those living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, their care partners, families, and friends.