With his Seven Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s: Memories Are Everything expedition now complete, Alan Arnette finally has his feet planted firmly on the ground. In October, he summitted Mount Kosciusko in Australia and the Carstensz Pyramid in New Guinea, after scaling each of the highest peaks on the other continents. His goal was to honor the memory of his mother, whom he lost to Alzheimer’s in 2009, and to raise money toward finding a cure.
With a surge of baby boomers hitting retirement age, everyone seems to know someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. But Bob DeMarco, a former Wall Street entrepreneur turned at-home Alzheimer’s caregiver for his mother, has taken his experience one step further.
"Memories Are Everything: The Alan Arnette Journey" is a compilation of Arnette's blog posts and pictures taken during his summit of Mt. Everest in the spring of 2011. The interactive book, which can be found here, will feature the rest of Alan's climbs early next year.
Featured today on The Huffington Post is the second installment of the two-part series written by Alzheimer's researchers Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a CAF Research Consortium member, and Dr. Deepak Chopra. The article features an in-depth look at Alzheimer's disease written in easy-to-understand terms. It delves into what is known about Alzheimer's and some of the preventative steps people can take to fight it, such as eating right, exercising and maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Rudy Tanzi and co-founder of USAgainstAlzheimer's George Vradenburg recently wrote a letter to the editor of the L.A. Times rebuking the editorial "Is Alzheimer's Inevitable?" published Nov. 21. They write:
After finishing his climbs for 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's: Memories are Everything campaign, Alan Arnette has been in Washington, D.C. this week speaking about his summits and his campaign to raise $1 million for the Alzheimer's community. Arnette spoke at the National Press Club where he met Tim Armour, President and CEO of Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
In a two-part series, CAF Research Consortium member Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Dr. Deepak Chopra address today's most critical questions about Alzheimer's by explaining what it is and where as a nation we are in our search for a cure.
The article posted today gives an overview of the main symptoms and biological processes associated with Alzheimer's in a readable, easy-to-understand fashion. Here's an except from the article:
Leaders Engaged in Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD), an open coalition of Alzheimer’s research, care and advocacy communities in which Cure Alzheimer's Fund is an active member, meets regularly to review progress toward a more rational and effective approach to eradicating Alzheimer's.
On Oct. 26, Alan Arnette summitted Mt. Kosciuszko to complete his 7 Summits for Alzheimer's: Memories are Everything campaign. Arnette embarked on the climbs last November to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's research, and said:
“While these climbs may be over, my climbing is not…I hope to share my experiences of climbing and Alzheimer’s as much as possible and continue sending our message of hope, need and urgency…So this is a milestone, not the start or the end.” Alan’s dispatch also includes a number of thank you’s to people who have supported him this past year.