Legitimate Matters, an Advocate for Alzheimer’s Disease
According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 facts and figures, 5.7 Million Americans are Living with Alzheimer’s Disease. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death among those age 65 and older. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In 2018, Alzheimer’s and other Dementias will cost the nation 277 billion. By 2050, these costs could rise as high as 1.1 Trillion.
Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women. My mother, Rev. Cynthia Vaughan was the caregiver for my grandmother, Jennie Greatheart. My mother passed away in 2005 due to numerous health complexities, exasperated by the stress associated with caregiving. My grandmother survived my mother. While my mother had a sense of obligation to care for my grandmother, my family was unaware of available resources such as CaringKind.
For over 30 years, CaringKind has been New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. They will be with you on the Alzheimer’s caregiver journey and for anyone who is, has been, or will be affected by an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Today, CaringKind is the only organization in New York City offering a network of resources and expertise for the Alzheimer’s community, completely free of charge.
African Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's or other dementias as older whites. Hispanics are also threatened with Alzheimer’s and other dementias at about 1 ½ times that of non-Hispanic whites. African Americans and Hispanics represent a small fraction of those in trials (1.5 percent). Both African Americans and Hispanics lack a presence in medical trials, which complicates the efforts to broadly test potential treatments, making it that much more difficult to determine why some groups get Alzheimer’s more frequently than others.
Does anybody in your family suffer from memory problems? Columbia University conducts a study in African American families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of the study is to identify the causes of dementia and potential treatments. If someone in your family has memory problems, and you would like to learn more about the study, please call (212) 305-2349.
Legitimate Matters Films is currently seeking subjects to participate in featured length documentary on Alzheimer’s Disease, an African American Crisis. You or someone you know would be interested in sharing your story on film, please contact William Parris at wparris@LegitimateMatters.com – Please place in subject line: Alzheimer’s Documentary Subject