Recognizing how Alzheimer's impacts Hoosiers

June is Alzheimer's and brain awareness month. The disease can't be prevented, cured or slowed and 110,000 Hoosiers live with it.

Posted: Jun 1, 2018 11:10 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Friday, June 1, is the start of Alzheimer's and Brain awareness month. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States according to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter.

The disease can't be prevented, cured or slowed and 110,000 Hoosiers live with it. Early detection and diagnosis can make a difference in your life if you are impacted. A person with the disease can plan for the future and make the most of life.

Greater Indiana Chapter communications director Leah Shattuck said this is a public health crisis and we need to help do something about it.

"One of the ways we want people to kind of explore the warning signs of alzheimer's disease is they can have conversations with their own families in their homes," said Shattuck.

She said, every 65 seconds someone develops Alzheimer's. So the association came up with 65 ways for you to go purple and join in this movement. The mission is to build awareness and education about this disease.

One Lafayette family is raising money to help find a cure. The want to make Alzheimer's a memory so they created the KLD Foundation three years ago. The foundation was incorporated in the state of Indiana as a non-profit domestic corporation on April 4, 2016.

It's named after Tyler Dubea's mother, Karen Lee Dubea. He is the chairman of the foundation and says his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's seven years ago at the age of 48.

"It's named after my mom, but we're fighting not just for my mom," said Dubea. "We're fighting for the millions of people world wide who are fighting this disease."

Thanks to fundraisers and donations, the family have collected more than $50,000. They donate the money to Alzheimer's research, care, and awareness. Alzheimer's can't be prevented, cured or slowed.

"It's extremely important," Dubea said. "Here in the next couple of years, one in three Americans is going to be impacted by this disease."

The foundation's main fundraiser is happening on Oct. 27. Tickets will be going on sale soon for the event called, "A night to remember."

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