Walking Together to End Alzheimer’s

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. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60% to 80% of dementia cases. More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, which kills more people each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. In 2022, Alzheimer’s disease will cost the United States $345 billion, with this number projected to rise to nearly $1 trillion by 2050.

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 provides care and support for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias on a national and local level, funds critical research for treatment and prevention, and serves as the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy. 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 nationwide, this one-day event calls upon walkers of all ages to come out and support 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 on October 21 at the Stage at Grandscape in The Colony (outside Nebraska Furniture Mart). In fact, the entire Leu & Peirce team, and their families, the “Wonder Walkers,” will be there showing their support for the more than 400,000 people in Texas living with Alzheimer’s. There will also be a Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Dallas on November 4 at Dallas City Hall Plaza. 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 through research, care, and support for those affected by the disease. As Elder Law attorneys, we strive to alleviate the anxiety of our clients by providing a comprehensive roadmap for 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, these 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 colleagues that all of us are at risk of being touched by Alzheimer’s and encourage them to join the fight to find a cure.

Currently, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, 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 the Stage at Grandscape in The Colony on October 21 or in Dallas on November 4, and join a community of others walking together to end Alzheimer’s.

Lori Leu, Erin Peirce, and Lauren Olson are Elder Law attorneys with Leu & Peirce, PLLC located in Plano, Texas. They can be reached at 972-996-2540.