Did Albert Einstein say, “The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest....."Most people interpret this quote as referring to interest rates -- the interest rate, or rate of return you earn on your investments.
It is doubtful that Einstein actually said these words.
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That said, there can be little doubt that there is a powerful force in the universe -- the compound interest of man(kind).
When people band together to accomplish a mission they become a very powerful force. The force of change.
I receive email and comments on this blog from people complaining that Alzheimer's disease is misunderstood; and, if people understood Alzheimer's they would be doing more about the disease (problem).
I agree there is a problem.
I wonder can we, the collective brain of the Alzheimer's Reading Room, become a solution to the problem. What can We do to change the situation?
I am envisioning something we could do right here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room. An all out effort to make a major difference in the future funding for Alzheimer's disease research.
Together we can make a major impact on the future of most Alzheimer's caregivers.
The Million Email Crusade.
We can use the collective brain of the Alzheimer's Reading Room, our collective commitment, and our collective understanding of Alzheimer's -- to start a "fire" on the Internet.
Or, we can sit back and hope someone else does it.
On Saturday, I published -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Introduces Legislation to Help Fight Alzheimer's and Benefit Caregivers.
In that article I included two simple links that will take you to the email form for you United States Senator, or U. S. Representative. A few simple clicks, copy and paste, and you can let your elected official know that Alzheimer's legislation is important to you.
Here is copy of the email I am sending to my elected officials (you can personalize this and make it your own).
Dear Senator Nelson:To contact your U.S. Senator via email -- go here.
A recent Harris Interactive poll indicated that 100 million Americans have been touched by Alzheimer's disease. The same poll indicates that 35 million Americans are worried about Alzheimer's.
Currently, there are 9.9 million Alzheimer's caregivers in America. Every 70 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Recently, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Maxine Waters introduced legislation that would improve treatment services for Alzheimer's patients and expand training and support services for their families and caregivers.
This legislation recognizes that families and caregivers taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer's need help.
I hope you will take the time to visit this link
and take the time to learn more about this devastating disease.
I encourage you to support this legislation by co-sponsoring the bill, and by furthering awareness of this problem.
Delray Beach, FL 33445
To contact your U.S. Representative via email-- go here.
I wonder what would happen if every person reading this article emailed their elected officials?
I wonder what would happen if every person on this list took the time to email this article to every one of their friends via email? Asking and encouraging them to participate in -- The Million Email Crusade.
I wonder what would happen if every person that received an email forwarded that email to everyone on their email list?
How long would it take to get to a million emails?
Here is what I know and believe.
If you don't take the time to email your elected official your won't be a part of the solution to the problem. You will be missing a simple opportunity to make a difference. A real difference.
I know from experience that most people will decide to do it later, and then forget about it.
The time to take action is -- now.
We can start a "fire", an email virus.
We are the ONE -- if we don't do it, who will?
We have lots of nurses, doctors, home care owners and franchisees, and people that see Alzheimer's from the front row on this list. Its time to take action.
If you look at the grid below, you will see that it takes 28 days for a penny to double into a million dollars. How many days will it take to get a million emails to our elected officials?
If you decide to take action and join The Million Email Crusade for Alzheimer's tell us about your action in the comments box below this article.
How Many Days to Turn a Penny into a Million Dollars?
If you had a penny and it doubled every day, how long would it take before you had a million dollars ($1,000,000)? Answer: 28 days. Remarkable.
Don't be afraid to put your two cents in an email. Your two cents might turn into a million dollars.
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