The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host an inaugural “Together for Care” telethon on December 4. The aim is to care for the projected surge in the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease in addition to the millions of families currently affected by it.
The TV event will air in 16 major markets on NBC and be telecast online on AFA’s Web site for national viewing. It will feature a mix of education and entertainment.
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Al Roker of the “Today” show, who will serve as host, and actor Hector Elizondo, AFA’s honorary celebrity chairman, lead the show’s celebrity lineup.
“Now is the time to lift the veil off Alzheimer’s disease. Now is the time to galvanize the nation to make giant strides toward tackling this health crisis,” said Eric J. Hall, founding president and chief executive officer of AFA, a leading national nonprofit organization.
To shed light on Alzheimer’s disease, the telethon will include a look at the current state of Alzheimer’s disease from the perspective of medical experts and families who are caring for loved ones.
The show is being produced by Al Roker Entertainment.
With an estimated 5.1 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the call to action comes as the nation’s aging population, including the oldest baby boomers who turn 65 next year, is projected to fuel what some experts have dubbed a “silver tsunami.”
Advanced age is the greatest known risk factor. The disease results in loss of memory and other intellectual function and is now the sixth leading cause of death.
For details about the telethon, including air times, you can visit www.alzfdn.org.