The Big Sioux Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association encourages young adults in the Siouxland region to compete against their peers from across the country in an essay competition about Alzheimer's.
This contest encourages young adults (ages 18 to 25) to become more engaged in advocacy, and to show policymakers that Alzheimer's is an issue that touches the young as well as the elderly. The submitted essays should highlight how young Alzheimer advocates can make a difference and suggest actions young adults could take to encourage their peers to become Alzheimer advocates.
"While the majority of people who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease are over 65 years old, the disease also has a significant impact upon children and young people, usually because their grandparents have developed the disease," said Mary Jo Sikkema, President and CEO of the Sioux City-based Big Sioux Chapter. "Their experiences have much to tell us about coping with this devastating disease, and young adults particularly, can play a vital role in keeping Alzheimer's disease on the public policy agenda. This essay competition is designed to encourage this new generation of advocates to be proactive in affecting policy so that their own children can live in a world without Alzheimer's."
Alzheimer's is a disease that continues to have an impact on thousands of lives in Sioux City and the surrounding communities. Nationally, it is estimated that nearly 16 million people will be suffering from Alzheimer's by the year 2050.
All entries in the essay competition should be 500 words or less, must be submitted by Dec. 31 and be submitted online at http://www.alz.kintera.org/ essay.
Full contest rules and eligibility guidelines can also be found on the website.
Winners will receive a cash prize as well as an opportunity to attend the Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Forum in Washington D.C. in March 2007.
Entries may be submitted an essay entry for the competition, will be recognized by the Big Sioux Chapter in a press release and on the Chapter's website at HYPERLINK "http://www.alz-sioux.org" www.alz-sioux.org.
The Big Sioux Chapter, established in 1987, continues to provide support and assistance to individuals who are affected by Alzheimer's and the family members who care for them. Its mission, is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for those affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.