The following is a special contribution from StarsInsider.com sponsor, Kimberly Munson.  Kimberly just recently raised nearly $9000 for the recent Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraiser.  The Allen Americans also raised an additional $900 for the cause and on November 22nd, the Americans will host the first "Americans Fight Alzheimer's" game which will conclude with a special jersey auction.  Please read below and order your tickets using the special code: CHAMPS.

 

On November 22, 2013 the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League are trying to purple out the rink with their first “Allen Americans Fight Alzheimer’s” game.  The Americans hope this night will help continue the movement to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s and help advance the research to treat and prevent the disease.

 

Bringing awareness and support to the Alzheimer’s Association is a natural fit for a hockey team as “emerging evidence suggests that repeated mild traumatic brain injuries, such as those that can occur in sports like American football, hockey and soccer, may be linked to a greater risk of a type of dementia called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.”

 

Additionally, “over the past 30 years, research has linked moderate and severe traumatic brain injury to a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia years after the original head injury.”

 

“Not everyone who experiences a head injury develops dementia. There’s no evidence that a single mild traumatic brain injury increases dementia risk. More research is needed to confirm the possible link between brain injury and dementia and to understand why moderate, severe and repeated mild traumatic brain injuries may increase risk.”

 

What is a certainty is that Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and is the only cause in the top 10 whose numbers keep increasing rather than decreasing.  Additionally, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds.  Alzheimer’s and dementia impact not only the person but their family and businesses.  Caregiving is expensive, time consuming, and emotionally overwhelming.  This applies even if the family is not the primary caregiver.  As the numbers rise, the impact on business will continue to rise.  The loss of time from work and lost productivity from work will be staggering as our population ages.

 

The Allen Americans, 2013 Presidents Cup Champions, are on the cutting edge of recognizing this issue and encourage everyone to support this fight “off the ice.”  The Allen Americans will be wearing specialty jerseys to commemorate the night and those jerseys will be auctioned following the game with proceeds raised going to the Alzheimer’s Association.  The jerseys are sponsored by Esteem Hospice, Arbor Hills Memory Care Community and The Law Offices of Kimberly J. Munson, PLLC.  Additionally, the Americans have pledged $2 from each ticket purchased from the link at the end of this article, using the code CHAMPS, will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Stick taps to the entire Allen Americans organization for being on the cutting edge of this issue that is particularly relevant to the hockey community.  Please buy tickets to the game, using the link below and code CHAMPS and wear PURPLE to the game that night.  Bring your checkbooks and stay for the jersey auction after the game!!

 

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