One American develops Alzheimer's disease every 70 seconds, statistics report. According to Linda Scheck, who is with UC Irvine's Mind Institute, the Baby Boomer generation is entering the high-risk age group for being diagnosed with the disease with as many as 10,000 turning 65 every day.
Medical science is concerned that the possible onslaught of Alzheimer's victims could become a national crisis in decades to come. In Orange County recently, the UCI Mind Institute, which focuses on memory impairment and neurological disorders, held a fundraiser called Saving Memories with Style. Chaired by Jacqueline DuPont, an advisory board member to the UCI Mind Institute, the wine tasting event raised about $100,000 net and drew more than 300 local guests supporting diagnosis, assessment and research in the Alzheimer's disease.
Wine for the Mind unfolded at Rand and Rosemary Sperry's home, as the crowd enjoyed a variety of wines and food donated for the cause. Vince Ferragamo served as master of ceremonies with Ed Arnold handling the auction duties to raise the tally of donations. A highlight was a show coordinated by Mind committee member Mima Ransom of Newport Beach.