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Mountain Climber Attempts 7 Summits for Alzheimer’s Research

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Mountain Climber Attempts 7 Summits for Alzheimer’s Research

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com Contributing Editor

A family is never quite the same after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The disease gradually destroys memory, robs sufferers of a lifetime of memories, corrupts their personalities and makes them unable to function independently. Like millions of caregivers, Alan Arnette watched his mother succumb. That experience changed his life forever. He’s made it his life’s mission to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and help fund research.

The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer’s

What makes Mr. Arnette unique is how he’s going about his personal campaign. He is climbing the Seven Summits, the highest mountain peak on each continent, to honor his mother and to raise $1 million for Alzheimer’s disease research and awareness.

He is well on his way to achieving his ambitious goal. Arnette has already summitted Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, Aconcagua in Argentina and most recently Mt. Everest in Tibet. He is currently on his fourth climb: Denali in North America.

He is asking his supporters to donate a penny for every foot he climbs. His world journey for Alzheimer’s disease involves climbing 130,000 while enduring temperatures that drop to 40 degrees below zero with 50 mph winds.

Arnette, who started mountain climbing when he was 38, retired from his job with Hewlett-Packard in his late 40s to care for his mother, Ida, who died from Alzheimer’s in 2009. Since then, the 54-year-old advocate has worked tirelessly to inspire people to join his efforts. The Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Program of Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy and Pfizer Inc. are funding Mr. Arnette’s climbs. All money he raises from donations will go directly to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Family Caregivers Association.

Read more:
When a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Doesn’t Recognize You
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
How To Tell Family That Mom or Dad has Alzheimer’s Disease

Mountain Climber Attempts 7 Summits for Alzheimer’s Research originally appeared on AgingCare.com

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8:41PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

BRAVO))

7:18PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Thankyou....

3:04AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

if everybody care to champion the causes close to their heart, we have a better chance of surviving as a Human race.

8:46AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

my dad died from muti organ failure due to alhz.. this man is awesome

5:44AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

What a fabulous man!

3:12PM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

We have three things to give in this life: time money and influence. This is collecting all three. Bravo!

5:42AM PDT on Jul 17, 2011

Great article, thank s so much...

10:15AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

His funding is coming from big corporations, and much of money raised will fund research on more drugs. OK, but when will we get more research on the causes and prevention of Alzheimers? Should research really be done by those who have a financial interest in having an endless stream of patients they can sell their products to?

9:54AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

cool

8:13AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

the studies show that fruit will slow down the disease . I wondered why a lady at the bank said her friend was good at Christmas and 6 months later did not know her.. and my Mom who is 94 has had it for over two years and is doing much better. I thought to myself what is going on,, it should be racing though my Mom in her advanced age as the other lady was only 60.. so I checked.. Fruit slows it down.. and I have been putting two pieces of fruit by my Moms bed every night for 2 year.. one is always a banana. I also every week make two dozen of my own fruit and berry muffins and she has one of those almost every day. So in my mind this is the thing that works. It does not stop it but it sure makes it slower.
That is what the studies say and I have to say it the only thing I can think of that makes such a difference.
She has a mood enhancer but that lost its steam a long time ago.

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