Promote The General Welfare ("PTGW")*
I Do For You. You Donate To A Cause.TM
In the United States, an estimated 5.4 Million people have Alzheimer's disease.
º  There are an estimated 14.9 million unpaid caregivers.
º  There is an estimated 183 Billion dollars in annual costs. 
º  Alzheimer's  Disease is the  most  common kind of Dementia.
º  1 in 8 Older Americans has Alzheimer's Disease.
º The number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will grow each year as the proportion of the U.S. population that is over age 65 continues to increase. The number will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages.
º  More women than men have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Almost two thirds of all Americans living with Alzheimer's are women. Of the 5.2 million people over age 65 with Alzheimer's in the United States, 3.4 million are women and 1.8 million are men. Based on estimates from ADAMS, 16 percent of women aged 71 and older have Alzheimer's disease or other dementia compared with 11 percent of men.
º  Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death across all ages in the United States. It is the fifth leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older
º  80% of care provided at home is delivered by family caregivers.

The 14.9 million unpaid caregivers are already giving all they can to help their love ones.

PTGW suggests the best hope for Alzheimer's sufferers in the future is successful research towards a cure. Every caregiver has one friend, coworker, church member, they can appeal to for help. Not the help that the care giver is providing directly to a loved one, but the kind of help that can eventually lead to a cure. That help is to generate money for research towards a cure. Those who have no money to give may be able to give their time to others who in turn can provide money for research. That is the core concept of PTGW. Many examples of just what can be done are shown at applications.

I've done some math on other pages. Sometimes a math illustration hits home.  Here are some numbers.

Approximately 15 Million friends/co-workers, fellow church members, club members, etc. contributing two hours weekly to someone they in turn know providing their labor and skill to help them and they in turn paying into the cause to find a cure for Alzheimer's would generate an enormous money contribution, thus:
(calculation based on valuing labor contribution at $10/hr)

15,000,000 x 100 x $10 = $15,000,000,000
15 Billion dollars annually for research and caregiver support.

Art by: Peter Lance Segall

*The Concept of PTGW
This is how PTGW works at the individual level.
Many people would like to support a cause but may not have money to donate.  There is an  indirect yet extremely effective method I call: Promote The General Welfare ("PTGW"). I propose people volunteer service for others in their circle-of-influence.  Those people compensate for benefit received by donating to a cause named by the volunteer. This can be summed up: "I do for you.  You donate to a cause."

When individually aggregated or applied to groups such as, political parties, scientific  associations, student unions, humanitarian causes, etc., it is a significant wealth building method which simultaneously includes community service (a win), increases an  individual's GDP (a win),  increases the GDP of the nation (a win), and provides funding for great societal causes (a win).  It starts with one person helping another (i.e. community service).  As this idea spreads the corpus of donors expands considerably.

Reports below relate to current volunteering and community service in America.
See comments by ABC TV on new policy in High School Community Service
in Nevada High School:

Also, See statistics for Volunteering in  America provided by
the National Corporation And Community Service at:


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