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Hal Higdon's 7-7-70 Quest - Alzheimer's Association

The second marathon in my 7-7-70 Quest--the World Veterans Championships Marathon in Brisbane, Australia on July 14--will be dedicated to The Alzheimer's Association. The World Veterans Championships is limited to men over 40 and women over 35; since Alzheimer's Disease affects people as they age, merging that marathon and that charity seemed appropriate. Also, the wife of a friend and fellow masters athlete recently was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Here are some facts about this disease:

Approximately 4 million Americans have Alzheimer's Disease. In a national survey, 19 million Americans said they had a family member with Alzheimer's Disease, and 37 million said they knew someone with the disease.

Fourteen million Americans will have Alzheimer's Disease by the middle of the century (2050) unless a cure or prevention can be found.

One in every ten persons over 65 and nearly half of those over 85 have Alzheimer's Disease. A small percentage of people in their 30s also get the disease.

A person with Alzheimer's Disease will live an average of 8 years and as many as 20 years after the onset of symptoms.

The cost of caring for people suffering from Alzheimer's Disease has been estimated at $100 billion. Neither Medicare nor most private health insurance covers the long-term care most patients need.

The Alzheimer's Association is the largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to research for the causes, treatments, prevention and cure of Alzheimer's Disease and to providing education and support services to the four million Americans with the disease, their families and caregivers. To contact the Alzheimer's Association, call: 800-272-3900. For more information, visit the Alzheimer's Association Web Site.

To contribute to this cause important to masters athletes, make out your check to "The Alzheimer's Association," identifying it as "Hal Higdon's 7-7-70 Quest." You can mail it to: National Masters News, P.O. Box 50098, Eugene, OR, 97401 or to: Roadrunner Press, PO Box 1034, Michigan City, IN 46361-1034. We are currently working on procedures that will enable you to use your credit card to contribute directly online.

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