The third edition of the Alzheimer Challenge off. Participants are challenged to cover 300 kilometers during the month of April to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects more than 200,000 people in the Netherlands.
The activation is organized by Team Alzheimer, a group of young professionals who are committed to the fight against Alzheimer’s. With this initiative, Team Alzheimer raises money for Alzheimer Center Amsterdam. With this, the foundation hopes to contribute to finding a cure for this incurable disease.
Exercise your brain healthy
Research shows that people who exercise regularly have a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s. Exercise can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
Regular exercise stimulates blood flow to the brain, which is important for maintaining cognitive functions. Exercise also contributes to improving sleep quality and brain plasticity, which reduces the risk of early dementia.
I experience up close how harrowing it is to lose someone to this terrible disease. My father has suffered from Alzheimer’s for eight years and the disease makes him more confused every year. Caregiving is becoming increasingly difficult. He is currently registered to be admitted to a nursing home. It’s a reality that is horrible. It just confirms to me how important Alzheimer’s Challenge is. Only together can we get closer to a solution.
Explosive rise in Alzheimer’s cases
The number of people with dementia has almost quadrupled due to the aging population. From 50,000 people in 1950 to 300,000 people in 2023. This number will increase explosively over the next twenty years. It is expected that around the year 2040, more than half a million Dutch people will suffer from some form of dementia and it is the fastest growing cause of death in the Netherlands. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. As many as 70 percent of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s. Healing is still not possible.
Will you help in the fight against Alzheimer’s? All proceeds from Team Alzheimer’s go directly to research.
Jeroen de Hooge
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