Alzheimer’s Awareness: What’s One Thing You Never Want to Forget

Why it Matters

• Nearly 200,000 Americans living with Alzheimer’s are under the age of 65.

• While there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, an early diagnosis can give someone time to build a financial strategy for the future.

• On June 21, 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association® marks The Longest Day by encouraging people to “Do What You Love” to help raise funds to end Alzheimer’s.

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06/30/2017

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More than 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. About 200,000 of them are younger than 65.

Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, can slowly rob people of their memories and affect someone’s thinking and behavior.

There is no cure yet for Alzheimer’s, but an early diagnosis can be key for helping families prepare and build a financial strategy for what’s ahead. Those who are in the early stages of decline can still participate in making decisions about their future care and finances.

Ken Sullivan was 47 when he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. “I was shocked,” he said. “I didn’t know much about the disease at all, other than I didn’t want to get it.”

Said his wife, Michelle Palomera, “There is no welcome packet when you get this diagnosis.”

That’s a large part of why the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab collaborated with Transamerica in recent years to create the free Field Guide to Financial Strategies for Those Living With Dementia. It offers a step-by-step guide to what families might consider as they prepare for a future living with this disease.

In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association has a wealth of resources and a 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900 to offer information and support.

To help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and efforts to find a cure, Transamerica and the Alzheimer’s Association asked people, “What’s the one thing you would never want to forget?” See what people said in this video.

What would your answer be? Do you know anyone affected by dementia? Talk about it on our Community.

Things to Consider:

  • Read about the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Check out our free Field Guide to Financial Strategies for Those Living With Dementia for a look at research the MIT AgeLab compiled on what families affected by dementia can do to financially prepare.
  • Learn how you can join people around the country in marking The Longest Day.

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