Why we walk: End Alzheimer's video
Today we estimate at least 5 million people in America have Alzheimer's with at least 16 million unpaid caregivers supporting them and that regrettably will go up by triple on each front by the middle of the century not unless, but until we get it fixed.
The lifetime cost of care for Alzheimer's is $350,000. That's someone's retirement or the legacy they planned to leave to their children or even the college education for their grandchildren.
As a firm, we are committed to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our clients and each other. More than half of all Americans know someone living with Alzheimer's and the disease is impacting our clients in increasing numbers.
The work we do for our clients and their families to help them reach their personal goals; we know that's important. We also know that it's impactful.
But what I love about the work we do with the Alzheimer's Association is it allows us to really reach down into the community and educate and support our neighbors, peers and many of our own colleagues as they support loved ones who are battling this disease.
So when you think about it, we're really offering help when they need it most.
Recognizing the importance of early detection and diagnosis, Edward Jones is providing the Association's 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's online education program to its associates, to help them learn the warning signs of the disease.
New joint seminar presentations will bring together Edward Jones financial advisors and Alzheimer's Association experts to spark conversations about protecting health and wealth when facing long-term illness.
These seminars will help empower Edward Jones clients to have challenging, but necessary conversations about Alzheimer's disease and the firm continues to support those living with the disease and their caregivers via the Alzheimer's Association free 24/7 hotline.
Participation in Walk to End Alzheimer's and this new, diversified strategy, provide all Edward Jones associates with the opportunity to give back to their communities and join the effort to end this disease.
We at the Alzheimer's Association work very hard to drive the conversation about Alzheimer's in America and the support of Edward Jones at the community level to drive that conversation, to mobilize communities; your own clients and many others, makes a huge difference in having that conversation – which in past years, too often has not occurred.
We're community builders here. We're helping our neighbors and loved ones – folks we may never meet – live better lives by eradicating this disease.