Alzheimer’s Association News:
ALBUQUERQUE ― The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter announces its 9th Annual Forget-Me-Not Gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Albuquerque Convention Center at 401 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque.
This year’s “Garden Party” themed Gala promises to be an elegant, formal evening of gourmet food, auction, fun and entertainment for a very worthy, charitable cause: to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association as they continue to provide free services to the community and help further research to end Alzheimer’s disease.
Gala-goers can enjoy live and silent auctions for more than 40 gift packages and prizes and dance to the live music of Vanilla Pop.
“This inspiring event offers the community a chance to join us in the fight against this devastating disease,” said Alzheimer’s Association Corporate Development Manager Amanda Gabaldon.
For tickets, contact Gabaldon at 505.266.4473. Seating is limited so reserve tickets by June 1.
Fundraisers like the Forget-Me-Not Gala are important because Alzheimer’s disease is a threat that is getting worse. Today, 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, the total number is expected to rise to 14 million. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA*.
Currently, there is no prevention, proven treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s takes a devastating toll – not just on those with the disease, but on entire families. In New Mexico, 41,000 people are suffering from Alzheimer’s. They are cared for by 108,000 unpaid caregivers, many of whom are members of their own families.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest and most impactful nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s and dementia science in the world. The Association is investing more than $165 million in more than 450 projects in 25 countries.
Cognitive Decline is a strong indicator of future dementia, and according to figures released by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, it is a growing burden in New Mexico. As of 2016, 12.5 percent (or 1 in every 8) New Mexicans 45 and older report confusion or memory loss happening more often or getting worse (“subjective cognitive decline”); 33 percent of those with memory problems live alone, and for those with worsening memory problems, 58.2 percent say it has created “functional difficulties”. Nearly 54 percent of those with memory problems have not spoken to their doctor or healthcare professional about it. Anyone experiencing memory issues should speak with a doctor about it.
The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline is available any time, day or night for support or information at 1.800.272.3900.
The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more.
There are five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (Main Office), Santa Fe (Northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (Northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (Southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (Southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1.(800).272.3900.
Source for all statistics: The 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report at www.alz.org/facts.