Once again Alzheimer's disease proves it knows no boundaries.
This time around actor Owen Wilson is acknowledging that his father is living with Alzheimer's.
"Dallas-born actor Owen Wilson says that while his father having Alzheimer's disease is "a rough thing," he also knows that there are things to be grateful for, including that his father is being cared for at home and has people around who love him."
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When someone who is famous has a family member diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's it gets big play in the media. This is just another example.
It is always good to have a focus on Alzheimer's. However, I continue to wonder how many people actually know that more than 1,275 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's each day (in the U.S.).
In spite of this, there seems to be a kind of inertia about the problem here in the U.S. Funding for research continues to be puny; and, programs to provide "real help" for caregivers are almost non-existent.
The U.S. is lagging way behind countries like England, Ireland, and France when it comes to this issue. We have not yet acknowledged here in the U.S. that Alzheimer's is a societal problem of immense proportions. The problem is worsening and all we have are a lot of words as our only defense.
“It’s one of those things where if somebody had said 10 years ago, when my dad and I were joking around, having a putting match, that this is the position your dad’s going to be in, where he basically needs 24-hour care, you’d think, ‘Gosh, I won’t be able to handle that. That’s just not possible.’ - Owen WilsonIf you want to learn more about Owen and his family read this in depth article.
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