We’ve all heard of it.  Most of us have heard stories about friends who have a loved one with the disease and a lot of us have loved ones with it.  We saw the tragic news stories that told the story of how Ronald Reagan suffered from it until in the end he didn’t even recognize his wife of so many years.  Of course I’m talking about Alzheimer’s disease.  In some ways this disease is worse than almost any other because it attacks the mind, reducing victims to a shadow of their former selves.

Unfortunately there isn’t a cure, although medical science is beginning to come up with treatments that help, there is still a long way to go.  While it’s there all the time, one of the times that it’s effect is felt the most is when the holidays come around.  Families get together to celebrate and talk about old times.  This can be especially rough when one of the family members is suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Then there’s the rest of the year.  Even though research is being done and some progress is showing in the development of treatments that help a little, there is still the fact that people with this disease need increasing amounts of care as it does more and more damage.  Which is why making sure these patients get good care has to be considered every bit as important as finding a cure.  That’s where the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America eStore comes in.

The idea is that by getting a holiday gift there, the proceeds go to benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.  This foundation is involved in more than just seeking a cure.  They’re also about educating people about the disease.  If you know how the disease works and affects people and what warning signs to look for then it’s possible for more people to be diagnosed early.  Like with any sickness, the sooner it’s known about, the more effective any treatment can be.  The holidays are, among other things, a time when we focus on family.  It’s also a good time to make a donation or shop at the eStore.

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