Every 65 seconds, Alzheimer’s disease begins to destroy the brain of a loved one somewhere in America. That’s over 1,300 people per day. Right now, there’s no way to stop it from touching you or your loved ones.
At this moment, an estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a number equal to the entire population of Denmark. Another 16 million, about a third of which are age 65 and older, are providing care to them.
Twenty five years ago, Michael W. Weiner, M.D., decided to make it his life's mission to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. “I had to choose one disease to focus on, because in science that’s the way you have the most impact and it was a very deliberate decision to go after Alzheimer’s. It was obviously a disease of great importance with a lot of people affected.”
The 6th leading cause of death in the US, and the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disorder that irreversibly destroys brain function over time. To date there is no known cause or cure. Alzheimer’s Disease Research (ADR), a program of BrightFocus Foundation, is working to change that scenario, by funding bold, innovative scientific research around the world.
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, yet it is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression. It is an irreversible degeneration of the brain that causes disruptions in memory, cognition, personality, and other functions and inevitably leads to death. More than 5 million Americans aged 65 and older are thought to have Alzheimer’s disease. This number is set to grow dramatically, as baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of 10,000 people per day.