One of the things that I am most passionate about is helping people to understand the numbers, as they apply to them and their business.
Today I wanted to share some critical numbers that apply to me and those close to me.
14: the number of years that my father-in-law has had dementia
76: the age that he turned last year
6: the number of years that my nana has not been able to recognise us due to her dementia
3: the number of years my nana has been bed-ridden after she broke a hip
298,000: the number of people diagnosed with dementia in 2011
900,000: the number due to be diagnosed by 2050
$200 million: the amount needed over 5 years for research to find a cure
9: the number of days my father-in-law has been critically-ill in hospital with pneumonia related illness
28-05-2013: the day my father-in-law passed away
Your family may have similar numbers or they may have their own insidious numbers. We desperately need research so that we can find a cure for these diseases that affect us now and in the future. Some numbers aren’t sexy or exciting but these numbers could be. Make a point to know and rally for those numbers that affect you and your loved ones rather than deciding to go gently into the night. Instead, I choose to hold onto the hope for the following new numbers:
2019: the year we find a cure.
Let’s hope so.
04-07-1936 to 28-05-2013
Tags: dementia, understanding the numbers