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Dear Family and Friends:
At 9:20am on Sunday September 29, 2019, I will climb the Vancouver Grouse Grind's first 1/6th portion and back down, in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. I will then take the Grouse Gondola to the top of Grouse for summit celebrations and cheer-on rest of the participants as they complete their hike. Climb for Alzheimer’s is a team-oriented fundraising experience. The easiest way to support my goal of $5,000 - and those affected by dementia - is with a secure online donation to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. I have already exceeded my initial goal of $3,000, and would very much appreciate your support to exceed this revised goal of $5,000. This is a cause you can be very proud to support. I would very much appreciate you finding a corner in your heart to donate for this good cause by going to my personal fundraising page and clicking on “Donate Now” at: http://joinbc.alzheimer.ca/site/TR/Events/2016_MKGG?px=1353769&pg=personal&fr_id=1130
Though Alzheimer’s disease was first diagnosed over 100 years ago, it’s only been in the past 10 years that significant medical advances have been made in understanding this disease. It’s critical to keep the momentum of research, support and education going. With your generosity, we can make a difference to more than 70,000 British Columbians, and their caregivers, who are currently affected by Alzheimer disease or other dementias. One in three Canadians knows someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, you may even know someone yourself. There are over half a million Canadians living with dementia and 25,000 new cases diagnosed every year. By 2030, that number is expected to rise to a million, a 100% increase. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and by 2050, that number is estimated to grow to 20 million. Every 60 seconds, someone in North America is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Funds raised through Climb for Alzheimer's support the work of the Alzheimer Society in providing essential programs and services that work to effectively alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease within our community across Canada and the U.S. By sponsoring my fundraising, you are helping the Alzheimer Society to continue its important work towards a world without Alzheimer’s disease and help to ensure that people whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s or other dementias can connect to a network of programs and services to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to maintain quality of life.
I am doing this in memory of many members of my family and dear friends who have either left our world for a better place and with prayers for those who are with us but are suffering under this terrible disease…. under loving care of their caregivers and close family members. Please join me in ending the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease as it isn't just about our parents' generation, it is about ours.
Thank you and Warm Regards,
Ash Abhyankar, M.Sc. P. Eng.
What is the Difference between Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia? Two minute videoclips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTIoLqiiC9c and https://vimeo.com/77415640
Some statistics for those who are interested:
• Alzheimer’s disease is the 5th leading cause of death in North America.
• 1-in-3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another kind of dementia.
• 2-in-3 people with Alzheimer’s are women.
• People with Alzheimer’s are hospitalized 3 times more often than seniors without Alzheimer’s.
• Over 40% of family caregivers report that the emotional stress of their role is high or very high.
• 75% of caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease reported that they were “very concerned” about maintaining their own health since becoming a caregiver.
• 70% of nursing home residents have cognitive impairment from Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.
• More than 30 million North American residents provided more than 30 billion hours of unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
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