About the Fund
Former Ohio State University Football Coach Earle Bruce has long been committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Earle’s own father passed away of the disease in 1986. Earle watched a strong yet gentle man deteriorate over a period of many years. Then, in 1996, Earle’s sister was diagnosed with this Alzheimer’s. She passed away in February of this year.
When Earle had the opportunity to start The Earle & Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund in Neurology at the alma mater he has loved since a college player, he jumped at the chance. With the help of the fraternal order of the Eagles initial donation, Earle & Jean have committed all of their fundraising efforts to this worthy cause.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder named for German physician Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. Scientists have learned a great deal about Alzheimer’s disease in the century since Dr. Alzheimer first drew attention to it. Today we know that Alzheimer’s:
- Is a progressive and fatal brain disease. As many as 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and it is fatal. Today it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. For more information, see Warning Signs and Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease .
- Is the most common form of dementia , a general term for the loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Vascular dementia, another common type of dementia, is caused by reduced blood flow to parts of the brain. In mixed dementia, Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia occur together. For more information about other causes of dementia, please see Related Dementias.
- Alzheimer’s has no cure, but treatments for symptoms , combined with the right services and support, can make life better for themillions of Americans living with Alzheimer’s. We’ve learned most of what we know about Alzheimer’s in the last 15 years. There is an accelerating worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, or prevent it from developing. Learn more about recent progress in Alzheimer science and research funded by the Alzheimer’s Association in the Research section.
Information gathered from the Alzheimer’s Association