“The Alzheimer’s Association held their international conference last week; there were 6,000 attendees from 68 countries,” said Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who started the Rita Hayworth Gala 35 years ago, in honor of her mother.
“There is currently an exciting study, going on to a Phase III trial, which has to do with reducing the amyloid plaque in the brain. In the meantime, taking care of your heart and your blood pressure, being active, exercising, and being sociable can lower your risk of dementia,” informed Princess Yasmin.
The Rita Hayworth Gala
Since its inception in New York in 1984 by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, the gala has raised $75 million to combat Alzheimer’s through the Chicago and New York Rita Hayworth galas. This year, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan will be chairing with Anne Hearst McInerney, and the theme will be Denim and Diamonds. Rolex will once again be the sponsor. All funds raised through the galas support the Alzheimer’s Association’s research, care, and support programs.
“I met Yasmin many years ago, and I was so impressed with how devoted she was to her mother, and how involved she was with caring for her when Alzheimer’s and dementia struck.
When she was asked to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association, she founded the Rita Hayworth Gala in her mother’s honor, raised both money and awareness, and took care of her mother until the day she died. I was very touched by that.”
– Anne Hearst McInerney,
2018 Co-Chair of the New York Gala
The 35th annual Rita Hayworth Gala, co-chaired by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Anne Hearst McInerney, will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
Willie Geist, host of NBC News’ “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” and Co-Host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” will be the emcees for the evening.
“More than anything, we are grateful to Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, who is a shining example of the difference one person can make.
Her imagination has grown this cause and brought hope and inspiration to millions for over 30 years.
May we all be inspired by her passion and commitment to making Alzheimer’s a thing of the past.”
President & CEO, Rolex Watch USA
Chicago, IL, USA
Alzheimer’s impact is growing
Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
The statistics surrounding Alzheimer’s are staggering: more than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today. By 2050, the number could rise to as high as 14 million. More than 16 million Americans are providing unpaid care for people living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. But there is hope: results from a SPRINT MIND study have shown significant reductions in the risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia through aggressive lowering of blood pressure, demonstrating there are things one can do to reduce one’s risk, and progress is being made in the medical field as well.
As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and, ultimately, a cure
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali