“It is a sad and horrible truth, that today we are quite literally outliving our minds and our bodies.”
Although deaths from other major causes, such as heart disease, have decreased significantly in recent years, official records indicate that deaths attributed to Alzheimer’s disease have increased 71% since the year 2000.
- In 2015, an estimated 700,000 people in the United States age 65 and older will die with Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s is the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that current medical science cannot prevent, cure or even slow down.
- Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a period of years.
- Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.
The WDB Alzheimer’s Care Scholarship Fund has been established by the friends and family of Mr. William D. Beach to provide educational and funding to individuals whose lives have been significantly impacted by this terrible disease and/or who are seeking to advance Alzheimer’s research or to improve the quality of care for those suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Sadly, Mr. Beach ended his eight year struggle against Alzheimer’s and passed away peacefully and painlessly on May 5th, 2019. Mr. Beach lead a truly incredible life. He was a person of quiet strength and incredible caring. Throughout his life he lived by a simple philosophy, “Take care of people,” and for over 80 years he did just that … he quietly took care of everyone around him, (most often without their even realizing it).
Regretfully, like so many others, he was afflicted with this horrible disease. Together with his family, he fought a fierce and determined battle to hold on to his precious memories and his dignity. Unfortunately there is just so little known, and so few effective approaches to treatment for Alzheimer’s.
He was fortunate to have a loving wife, family, and the resources necessary to provide him with the gentle care he deserves. But for most people the costs for such care is staggering, trained care providers are few and far between, and medical remedies are virtually non existent.
This scholarship provides an excellent opportunity for students to give thoughtful consideration to the impact that Alzheimer’s disease has had on their own lives and the lives of others in their family and community. Scholarships are awarded to:
- Individuals seeking professional certifications (CNA, LPN/LVN, RN)
- Undergraduate students
- Graduate students
Scholarship awards are made to deserving students in the amounts of up to $5,000. Applicants are required to submit a brief autobiography and write a 1,200 to 1,500 word essay that answers the following questions:
- How has Alzheimer’s disease changed or impacted your life?
- What are your goals and intentions are towards the advancement of understanding, care, or relief for those suffering from Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer Research Grants
Researchers who are investigating new treatment or palliative methodologies are also encouraged to contact us about research grant opportunities in the study of Alzheimer’s.
To qualify, a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must also be enrolled in a certified vocational training program, college or university or already be accepted to enter an accredited college or university within 12 months of the application deadline.
Donate to this scholarship fund today!
WDB Alzheimer’s Care Scholarship Fund
Thank you for joining with us to help those that are helping family members and friends as they deal with this devastating and pervasive disease.
This scholarship provides an excellent opportunity for students to give thoughtful consideration to the impact that Alzheimer’s disease has had on their own lives and the lives of others in their family and community.