By Lori Leu, Erin Peirce, Lauren Olson, and Laura Chavero
Everyone has a reason to end Alzheimer’s disease. Maybe your mother is one of the five million Americans living with the disease. Perhaps your grandfather died from Alzheimer’s disease––the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Or, maybe you are a caregiver and, like countless other Americans, have contributed to the 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
No matter what your reason is to end Alzheimer’s disease, join us in the 2016 Greater Dallas Chapter Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 1, 2016, either in Dallas at the Lawn at Reunion or in The Colony at Grandscape (outside Nebraska Furniture Mart). The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. It is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide.
Participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is simple. You can sign up individually or as a team at www.alz.org/greaterdallas. Join a community of others who have the same goal of ending Alzheimer’s by raising money for research to end Alzheimer’s disease. When you participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, your fundraising dollars fuel a continuing mission to research and find a cure to end Alzheimer’s disease, and contribute to the never-ending efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association to raise awareness and support our community of seniors, their loved-ones and caregivers affected by the disease.
Leu & Peirce has many reasons to support efforts to end Alzheimer’s disease. As elder law attorneys, we witness daily the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia on our clients and their families. One of our missions is to help our clients alleviate the anxiety that planning for a future with dementia may entail. If you receive a diagnosis of dementia, you may ask yourself questions such as: “Who will take care of me when I need help? How will I pay for the care I may need? Who can I trust to protect me?” Attorneys who devote their practice to elder law can help you understand your options and guide you in making these important decisions. With special sensitivity to the legal issues surrounding the healthcare of older adults, elder law attorneys empower seniors through the long-term care planning process by ensuring that proper estate planning documents are in place and by assisting with planning for the cost of long-term care.
Although elder law attorneys strive to protect the future of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, the legal safety nets we can provide are only temporary solutions until a cure can be found. It takes action and resources to make a difference and everyone can help lead the way. Educate your family, friends, and coworkers of the fact that all of us are at risk of being touched by Alzheimer’s disease––whether by personally suffering from the disease or by providing care to family members or friends who suffer from the disease. And, bring your family and friends with you to support the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 1, 2016. A permanent solution can only come from a cure, and a cure can only come with your help.
What is your reason to end Alzheimer’s disease? Whether it is one of your parents, your spouse, another family member, a friend, or your future, join us as we take one step closer to a cure.
Lori Leu, Erin Peirce, Lauren Olson, and Laura Chavero are Elder Law attorneys with Leu & Peirce, PLLC located in Plano, Texas. They can be reached at 972-996-2540.