Letter from President of Israel Mr. Reuven Rivlin

To

The Sophie and Abraham Stuczynski Ramat Gan Alzheimer Research and Treatment Center

 

Our sages taught us that a person can be found with their thoughts. This lovely saying expresses better than all the loss that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease. People are a product of their thoughts. If their thoughts are no longer with them – then where does that leave the individual?

Living with a person who has lost their thoughts is not easy. Coping with Alzheimer’s disease in a close loved one may be difficult to bear. The physical difficulty, but mainly the mental hardship that manifests in confusion, forgetfulness, and disorientation, is disheartening.

In recent years we have benefited from several scientific breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s research. The first is an innovative discovery made by Israeli scientist, Prof. Martha Weinstock-Rosin from the Hebrew University, a discovery that led to the development of drugs that delay the progression of the disease. Prof. Weinstock-Rosin, who also won the Israel Prize for her discovery, currently stands with other Israelis at the global forefront of Alzheimer’s research.

The Ramat Gan Alzheimer Center was one of the first to address the pain. The construction of outpatient centers and the option that you give patients and their families – to be there for them in the community without needing to travel to remote institutions, is invaluable. There is no doubt that the center’s efforts to raise awareness of the disease and its early detection, help in receiving preventive treatment that slows the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Your work benefits hundreds of households in Israel that can spend time with their loved ones while they are lucid, for longer.

We are all hopeful that the day will soon come when we will find a cure for this terrible disease.

Best wishes,

Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin

Mr. Reuven Rivlin