President Reagan’s Son Advocates for Alzheimer’s Awareness

When former President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness month in 1983, roughly 2 million Americans had the fatal brain-wasting disease. Today, 15 years after Mr. Reagan himself was diagnosed with it, and five years after his death, more than 5 million Americans are struggling with Alzheimer’s.  The number of victims and the cost of their extended care are expected to increase. Experts say raising awareness about Alzheimer’s is a key to winning the fight against this disease.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It attacks the brain’s nerve cells, robs memory and impairs thinking and language skills. It’s currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

“Every 70 seconds, somebody is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Michael Reagan, popular radio talk show host and son of former President Ronald Reagan, probably the most famous victim of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s as a family affair

Reagan says almost from the time his father first learned he was ill, he has been part of a national campaign to raise public awareness about this devastating and heartbreaking illness.

“Joining the efforts is like I’ve been in this for a long time, as my father wrote a letter back in 1994 telling the world he had Alzheimer’s disease, watching what my father went through as he deteriorated year after year after, and finally being bedridden, and then passing away 5 years ago [in 2004],” he says. He adds, “That’s why I’m involved.”

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Raising Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness with an Apple a Day

Did you know that apples and apple products may help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease? Research from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as Cornell suggests that eating and drinking apples and apple juice, in conjunction with a balanced diet, can help protect the brain from the effects of oxidative stress that may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

November is Alzheimer’s awareness month, and there are more than 5 million Americans living with it according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Worldwide, it is estimated that about 16 million people have Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to each person with the disease, there is often at least one other person who directly cares for him or her and a host of healthcare and support workers in the background.

It is not known what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease and at present there is no known cure. But there is hope and help for those people with Alzheimer’s. Research into the disease is offering answers to many questions from how to prevent it, to how to delay the disease’s onset. To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and how you can help, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at

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