Walking Together to End Alzheimer’s

Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held at Grandscape on September 28, 2019.

By Leu & Peirce, PLLC

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 and other types of dementia on our clients and their families. Alzheimer’s is a progressive fatal disease that destroys a person’s memory and brain functioning over time. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60% to 80% of dementia cases and killing more people each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. More than 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. This year, Alzheimer’s disease will cost the United States $290 billion. 

Thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association, individuals living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, and loved ones are not fighting this disease alone. Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Through fundraising, the Alzheimer’s Association is able to provide care and support for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias on a national and local level, as well as fund critical research towards methods of treatment and prevention and serve as the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical research and care initiatives. None of that would be possible without large-scale fundraising and community support. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s has evolved into the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, research, and support. Held in over 600 communities, this one-day event calls upon walkers of all ages to come out and show their support for those touched by Alzheimer’s.

Leu & Peirce works closely with the Alzheimer’s Association’s Dallas and Northeast Texas Chapter, and encourages the community to join us at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Grandscape on September 28, 2019, in The Colony at Grandscape (outside Nebraska Furniture Mart), or on October 15, 2019, in Dallas at Dallas City Hall Plaza. Erin Peirce was honored to be selected as Chair for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Grandscape. In fact, the whole Leu & Peirce team and their families, the “Wonder Walkers,” will be there showing their support for the more than 390,000 people in Texas living with Alzheimer’s. Participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is simple. Sign up individually or as a team at www.alz.org/greaterdallas.

Leu & Peirce believes wholeheartedly in the mission to end Alzheimer’s disease through research, care and support for those affected, and the promotion of brain health. One of our missions is to help alleviate our clients’ anxiety about planning for a future with dementia. After a diagnosis of dementia, you may ask: “Who will take care of me when I need help? How will I pay for the care I 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 through 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 proper estate planning documents are in place and assisting with planning for the cost of long-term care.

It is estimated that every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. Although elder law attorneys strive to protect the future of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, the legal safety nets 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 that all of us are at risk of being touched by Alzheimer’s and encourage them to join the fight to find a cure. Deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 145% since the year 2000, and Alzheimer’s is the only leading cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. A permanent solution can only come from a cure, and a cure can only come with your help. Bring your family and friends with you to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Grandscape on September 28th or in Dallas on October 5th and join a community of others walking together to end Alzheimer’s.

Lori Leu, Erin Peirce, Lauren Olson, Laura Chavero, and Zachary Stubblefield are Elder Law Attorneys with Leu & Peirce, PLLC in Plano, Texas. They can be reached at 972-996-2540.