In honor of my loving grandmother who sadly passed away last spring, I have joined the Alzheimer's Association Young Champions Committee for the Rita Hayworth Gala. Through the winter and spring, I will assist the committee with planning and fundraising for the 33rd annual Rita Hayworth Gala, which will be held in Chicago, IL on May 9th, 2020.
As many of you know, my grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's for several years. Like many others, her disease gradually progressed and eventually, she forgot many parts of her life including the faces of some of the people that loved her the most.
Supporting me in my effort, as always, is my loving husband Stephen whose two grandparents, Marie Cuccia and Michael Peters, also suffered from the disease.
This disease is terrible and, quite literally, depressing.
Help us to honor our grandparents by donating on the fundraising page and PLEASE share it with your network.
DeCiembre and Stephen
Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women.
Older African-Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites.
Hispanics are about one and one-half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites.
60% of unpaid caregivers are women. More than 16 million Americans provide unpaid care amounting to about 18.5 billion hours valued at nearly $234 billion dollars.
Between 2000 and 2017 deaths from heart disease have decreased by 9% while deaths from Alzheimer's have increased by 145%...yes 1 4 5 %
Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost the nation $290 billion by 2050