In the United States of America, there are an estimated six million people living with Alzheimer's, including 410,000 people right here in the state of New York.

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Over 11 million people in the United States are serving as unpaid caregivers to citizens living with Alzheimer's. The numbers are staggering and it is abundantly clear that Alzheimer's has no intention of giving up but you know what, neither do we.

In June of 2021, the FDA announced its accelerated approval of a drug called aducanumab. This drug is the first treatment to address the underlying biology of Alzheimer's. While this drug is not a cure, it is a huge strep and ushers in a new era in Alzheimer's treatment and research.

On Sunday, September 19, a group of about 200 people joined in the fight against Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia by gathering at Hickories Park in Owego to walk in the fight against Alzheimer's.

Through the efforts of these individuals as well as participating businesses, over $50,000 was raised to help the Alzheimer's Association lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

The guest speaker at the Walk to End Alzheimer's was 78-year-old Alice, a wife of 32 years, a mother, and a retired nurse. Alice was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year when she started to experience a lack of concentration and loss of memory. Alice also started to have trouble following along in a group discussion and found that when she would get in the car to go someplace, she couldn't remember where she was going.

Alzheimer's is destroying our families, our finances, and our future but through fundraising and research, we inch closer and closer to finding a cure for this devastating disease. If you would like to aid in the fight against Alzheimer's you can text 2endalx to 51555.

Additionally, if you or someone you know is living with Alzheimer's or if you are a caregiver and you need support, resources, or just someone to talk to, the Alzheimer's Association has a helpline and it's open 24/7 at 800-272-3900.

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