The Alarming Statistics
Every 66 seconds in the U.S. someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease. By the middle of this century, it’s predicted someone will develop Alzheimer’s every 33 seconds. An estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. The prevalence of this insidious disease is growing. It’s currently the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and two-thirds of those afflicted with Alzheimer’s are women (about 3.3 million).
More than just dementia, Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that affects thoughts, memories, and language. Everyday activities suddenly become difficult to perform for those who have it. Most individuals with Alzheimer’s are cared for by family members, making this a disease that touches everyone in that person’s life. Family members also suffer alongside their loved one who becomes a little less of themselves every day as the disease worsens over time.
The Pappas Family, of Norton’s Florist in Birmingham, AL, intimately knows what it’s like to care for someone with Alzheimer’s. Debby Pappas, co-owner with her husband Gus, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over eight years ago. Loved and cared for by all in the shop, Debby continued helping customers and working alongside her husband for as long as possible. However, in 2016, her family made the difficult decision to move Debby to a memory care facility so she can receive the proper care she needs. Her feisty remarks, fun-loving personality, and ability to make people laugh are sorely missed at the shop today.
Scientists Still Do Not Know What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease
There’s still no cure for Alzheimer’s and for this reason, Norton’s Florist is participating as a team in the 2019 Walk To End Alzheimer’s- Heart of Alabama. This September, 29th, choose to support the Norton’s Team and Bloom for Debby as we raise awareness and funds to seek a cure to this crippling disease. All monies raised go to the care, support, and research needed to bring an end to Alzheimer’s and help these individuals, as well as their families, continue to live a rich, full life.