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April 2015 - Inside the Rotarian

April 3, 2015

Today, there are so many ways to communicate than ever before, says RI President Gary Huang. Some Rotarians ask "do we still need a Rotary magazine?" The answer is yes. The magazine, which can also be read on your phone or tablet, brings us a snapshot of the best of the Rotary world: It engages, entertains, enlightens and inspires. Huang urges us to share our issues with someone you've invited to a club meeting.

   The April issue highlights the problems with Alzheimer's disease. It affects more than five million people in the United States. The number will grow to more than seven million by 2025. The number will be over 100 million worldwide by 2040.

   The longer you live, the more likely you are to get it. The way you define yourself, the places you've been, the things you've accomplished, the way you look, the relationships you've developed, your creativity and your faith can all be taken away by this disease. The article was written by Julie Bain and she interviewed Rudy Tanzi, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

   So far there is no cure. The disease is devastating for families and loved ones. It could bankrupt our health care system, he says. Most Rotarians have somebody in their family or a friend who's had Alzheimer's. And, people are terrified that they're going to get it.

   Jeff Morby, a Rotarian, who is founder and chair of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, is working hard to fund research. "We have the best researchers in the world working on this, and we have a lot of information. We're at the point where we need to drive this over the finish line. It's a just cause...we're in it until we find a cure." 

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