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SMC Supports Alzheimer’s Walk

Saturday, April 2nd was the perfect day to take a walk, especially if it is “The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.” The Springfield Masonic Community (SMC) has been a supporter of this walk for several years, and plans to continue their support for many years to come. Wittenberg University had over 500 walkers on their campus. Thirteen members from the SMC team participated in the walk and a total of 20 employees participated with donations.  SMC was proud to donate $1,895.00 for this very worthwhile cause.

Alzheimer’s disease didn’t take a break during the pandemic.  Let’s do all we can to help fight this battle and put an end to Alzheimer’s. Here are a few statistics to show the need for helping those fighting this disease and ultimately finding a cure.

  • More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s.
  • Between 2000 and 2019, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 145%.
  • Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women.
  • One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • More than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
  • Fifty percent of primary care physicians believe the medical profession is not ready for the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
  • In the U.S., Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths have increased 16% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In 2021, Alzheimer’s disease will cost the United States $355 billion. This number is projected to rise to more than $1.1 trillion in 2050.