Support for Alzheimer's Research 2018
In 2015, more than 413,000 Australians were found to be living with dementia, which is now the second highest cause of death in the nation. It occurs through the toxic accumulation of amyloid protein in the brain or other health problems caused through the loss of memory or loss of an essential function.
For a number of years, the McCusker Alzheimer's Research Foundation has been a major beneficiary of donations from Karrinyup Rotary Club Community Service. Last year the Foundation was renamed Australian Alzheimer's Research Foundation to better reflect the nation wide work now being undertaken. Some of our club members also volunteer to assist in the research program.
At a recent meeting, Club members were privileged to hear from CEO Liza Dunne about progress being made by the Foundation in the area of Alzheimer's research.
Alzheimer's Disease is currently the second leading cause of death in Australia and is number one for women. Currently there is no cure. Without a significant medical breakthrough, one million people are expected to be diagnosed by 2050. This is particularly disturbing as the major pharmaceutical companies are not funding research. Observational research will assist with early diagnosis, which can hopefully slow progress of the disease.
One major strategy for prevention includes lifestyle interventions such as staying physically fit with regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, improving sleep quality and mental stimulation and socialisation.
At the conclusion of the presentation, Treasurer Vic presented Liza with this year's donation on behalf of the Rotary Club of Karrinyup.