I just learned of the  Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry, a way for us regular folk to assist important research in fighting this devastating disease. Contrary to folk wisdom, Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. In fact, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.

As Alzheimer’s is the only one of the top 10 causes of death that cannot currently be prevented, treated or cured, it is essential that we get involved. I know so many of us have a loved one fighting this disease, as it affects 5.4 million Americans.

Much like what Army of Women is doing for breast cancer research, the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry provides doctors and scientists with a pool of persons to send questionnaires or reach out to for research studies. No donation is asked, and the only requirement to sign up for the registry is to be age 18 or older. You might also be asked to be part of a research study, which is always your choice and you have no obligation to be part of.

By signing up, you will have access to information and resources about what’s being done to fight this disease in hospitals, labs and advocacy. 5,000 people are currently enrolled; the goal is to reach 100,000 by June 2013.

If you have family members or concerns about Alzheimer’s, you can also share with others in the AlzForums for important support.

I personally added my name to the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry, and by doing so I may help save the lives of millions of people around the world. It took less than a minute, and I feel it was important to do what I can to help end Alzheimer’s disease before another generation is lost.

Disclosure: I received compensation for attending a webinar hosted by the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry and for my time sharing this with you. I sincerely believe in this effort.

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