Alzheimer’s Disease in the Elderly

Alzheimer’s Disease in the Elderly

Alzheimer’s Disease in the Elderly is a serious condition that is irreversible and progressive; and is one of the most common causes of Dementia in the elderly.

Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functioning.  This includes reasoning, thinking and remembering, but it also includes behavioral abilities.

2015-07-09_2105These symptoms often appear in the elderly after the age of 60.

Over time, brain cells degenerate and die, thus causing a deterioration in mental function and memory.

There currently is medication for management of this disease that could possibly and temporarily improve symptoms, however there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

It is important to bring awareness to this disease and one such program that is doing that is Hilarity for Charity (HFC).

HFC is a movment that was established by comedian Seth Rogen.  He uses an uncoventional approach by having celebrities perform music and comedy at special events to help inspire change and raise money for those struggling with Alzheimer’s care, funding research and increasing support groups.

Furthermore, HFC has started a nationwide program that encourages and supports college groups to plan their own Hilarity for Charity events to raise awareness and funds in order to fight this disease.

By inspiring college students and people everywhere, HFC has broadened their scope at bringing awareness to such a devestating disease and raising money for those in need.

At the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Seth Rogen stated it best:

“Americans whisper the word Alzheimer’s because their government whispers the word Alzheimer’s. And although a whisper is better than the silence that the Alzheimer’s community has been facing for decades, it’s still not enough. It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs.

Sources of Information:

http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/topics/symptoms?utm_source=ad_fact_sheet&utm_medium=web&utm_content=symptoms&utm_campaign=top_promo_box

http://www.hilarityforcharity.org/#!about-us/cy2g

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