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We, the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer's, promote awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease by providing high school and college-age students with opportunities for volunteering, clinical research, and fundraising, with the ultimate goal of spreading compassion and empathy for the elderly.


Alzheimer's disease is the only top 10 cause of death without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression." - Alzheimer's Association

If this is the case, then why do Cancer, Heart Disease, and HIV all receive 3 to 6 billion dollars of annual funding, while Alzheimer's gets under 500 million? To learn more, I joined Alzheimer's Association's public policy team. After meeting with a few Congress members and attending the association's national policy conference - this reason became more clear.

As a 20 year old attending the conference, I was very excited to find other young members at their Youth Forum. To my surprise, the Youth Forum was for attendees aged 40 and under, and it had about 50 attendees in a conference of over 1100 members.

Youth are not involved in Alzheimer's.


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What Is Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. Neurons are no longer about to produce the necessary chemical, or neurotransmitters, to communicate with nearby neurons. Neurotransmitters are transferred through synaptic spaces. In Alzheimer’s disease, information transfer at synapses begins to fail, the number of synapses declines, and neurons eventually die. For example, short-term memory fails when Alzheimer's disease first destroys nerve cells in the hippocampus, and language skills and judgment decline when neurons die in the cerebral cortex.

Biologically, Alzheimer's is characterized by an abundance of two abnormal structures - amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles - due to mis-folded proteins in a neuron. Amyloid plaques are deposits of the protein beta-amyloid that harm parts of the brain where memory is involved. Neurofibrillary tangles are caused by malignant collections of twisted protein threads - primarily tau proteins.

Although Alzheimer's in characterized as a disease of the old (65 years+), approximately 5% of the 5.4 million people living with Alzheimer's are under the age of 50. Early-onset Alzheimer's affects almost 200,000 Americans.

Some of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s includes:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  • Changes in mood and personality, including apathy and depression.

There is currently no cure for AD, but there are treatments to improve quality of life. There are currently 5 FDA - approved drugs that treat the symptoms of AD. A few of which include: donepezil, galantine and rivastigmine – which work as cholinesterase inhibitors.

Research towards the prevention, early prognosis and slowing of Alzheimer’s progression is already well on its way. Drugs that target tau tangles, beta-amyloid production, inflammation and insulin resistance are being looked into as methods of slowing or erasing the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s. One of the greatest obstacles towards progress is a lack of federal research funding. We are at the cusp of discovery in regards to combatting the disease; an increase in funding towards relevant projects can and will improve lives of millions of people across the world.

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