Best Selling Author Donating All His Money To Alzheimer S

Best Selling Author Donating All His Money To Alzheimer S

Bruce Schwartz,​ playwright,​ producer,​ children's author and novelist -- most recently of​ the​ critically acclaimed psychological thriller,​ "The Twenty-First Century" -- lost both of​ his parents to​ Alzheimer's disease.

As his parents' main caregiver,​ he witnessed firsthand the​ heartbreaking effects this devastating disease has on​ its victims and their loved ones.

"I watched in​ horror as​ my parents forgot who I was,​ then who they were,​ forgot how to​ talk and eat,​ and turned into skeletons I no longer recognized,​" said Schwartz. "I felt I was in​ the​ twilight zone,​ helpless and alone,​ which sent me spiraling into a​ deep depression for many years."

Alzheimer's disease is​ a​ progressive disorder that,​ over time,​ destroys a​ person's memory and,​ consequently,​ his or​ her ability to​ do the​ most simple,​ everyday tasks. After years of​ watching his parents' mental and physical functions deteriorate,​ Schwartz is​ on​ a​ crusade to​ help other families living through the​ same ordeal.

"Alzheimer's is​ absolutely the​ worst disease anyone can imagine,​ and more and more cases are being diagnosed every year,​" Schwartz said. "If we​ all help in​ this drive,​ and ask the​ same of​ our friends and family,​ we​ will all win in​ helping eliminate this threat to​ our lives."

More than 4.5 million Americans have the​ disease,​ according to​ the​ Alzheimer's Association. By 2050,​ the​ number of​ Americans who will die from the​ disease will reach 16 million if​ nothing is​ done. the​ average lifetime cost of​ care for a​ victim's family is​ a​ staggering $170,​000.

"Buying a​ copy of​ 'The Twenty-First Century,​' which NPR called 'the best thriller of​ the​ year so far,​' may one day save the​ life of​ someone you love or​ know,​" Schwartz said of​ his mission in​ life. "This disease and its effects can last 10 to​ 20 years,​ as​ happened to​ President Reagan. No one wants anyone to​ suffer like that."

Of the​ royalties that Schwartz has been donating to​ the​ Alzheimer's Association,​ half is​ being given to​ the​ national headquarters for research and the​ other half is​ going to​ each state to​ directly help the​ victims and their families.

"If you believe in​ miracles,​ miracles will happen,​" Schwartz said. "It's time we​ create one."

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