BENEFITING: BIG D POWDERPUFF TACKLING ALZHEIMERS INC
ORGANIZER: BIG D POWDERPUFF TACKLING ALZHEIMERS INC
Welcome to the 9th year of BVB Dallas and thank you for taking the time to visit my page! I'm excited to be returning for my 3rd year on Bru Crew!!!
By just taking a look, you are making yourself more aware of how Alzheimer's Disease impacts the lives of so many people, what you can do about it, and how it has definitely affected mine!
Anyone who knows me is aware I am a huge klutz and shall we say, athletically challenged! So why do I play flag football for BVB Dallas?
Alzheimer's Disease has affected me from two different directions—professional and personal. To begin, I am a Licensed Clincial Social Worker in the Psychiatric Emergency Department at Parkland Hospital, the county hosptial for Dallas County. We frequently see patients and families seeking answers and help from us because they have no where else to go for their family member with Alzheimer's Disease. It is a confusing and distressing time for the patient and the caretaker, especially during the time of new onset symptoms. The caretaker might have to work full time as the sole financial provider for their family and at the same time, they have a parent they have to worry about wandering off and getting lost in the middle of the night. There are medications they cannot afford or they have to pay someone in the form of putting gas in their car just to get them to take their parent to a doctor's appointment because they cannot be in two places at once. They feel like less of a daughter or son because they have to put their parent "in a home" that will not provide their parent with an appropriate level of care. They lose many hours of sleep and start to feel helpless or hopeless.
In my family, my maternal grandmother, Lorraine "Rainey" Lease, had a severe form of Dementia. I watched for 10 years as my mother ran her to and from doctor's appointments, to the hair dresser (a very important weekly affair), and when she had to make the choice to eventually place my grandmother in an assisted living facility because of the need for 24/7 care. My grandmother was a very funny woman, always ready with a quick-witted joke. It was really hard for me to visit her and see the dull shell of her former self she became toward the end. I wished there was something more I could do to help my mom and Rainey.
Look at these daunting statistics!
There are more than 5 million Amercians currently living with Alzheimer's Disease today. It is estimated that every 66 seconds, someone in the US will be newly diagnosed with the disease. Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in our country. This number will continue to rise as a large portion of the population, the Baby Boomer Generation, is reaching their late 60's.
Basically, if you do not already know someone with Alzheimer's or someone affected by it, you will!
The treatment and care of an Alzheimer's patient is not only costly in the terms of money---it is costly in terms of time. Many families do not have the ability to pay for the care the individual requires. Memory Care facilities, Assisted Living Centers, and long term placements are typically not covered by insurance. Most families pay out of pocket for these places which can cost thousands of dollars a month. For families who cannot afford this, they essentially become unpaid caregivers. In 2015, more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18 billion hours in unpaid care!
I am playing to hopefully strink those statistics, increase the ability for early detection of this disease, and to lessen the burden on the families of my patients as well as families like my own. Donations to BVB Dallas go directily into the research and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.
This year we have grown to have three amazing recipients of our donations:
1) A postdoctoral fellowship in research and treatment of Alzheimer's at UT Southwestern Medical Center. This is the first of its kind in the country and is being funded 100% by BvB Dallas.
2) A brain stimulation and advanced brain imaging study at the Center for Brain Health at UT Dallas.
3) The development of a blood/urine screen to detect vulnerability to Alzheimer's at the Baylor University AT&T Memory Center.
Please donate to help me Tackle Alzheimer's Disease with BVB Dallas! I've set my goal higher than ever this year! I'm not just trying to sell you a ticket to a football game this year. Your donation is very important to our cause. Thank you!!!