More and more singers and songwriters are taking the money they earn from music royalties and donating it directly to their favorite charities. Up and coming artist Andrea Tanaro has decided early on in her musical career, that's exactly what she is doing with the money from the sale of her new song “Taking Care of Mama”. The song is actually about Alzheimer's and it's about her mother in-law. Give it a listen.

Andrea Tanaro says she watched as her husband struggled to care for his mother, who was diagnosed with this horrible disease.

When I married my husband his mother was already suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. I could see how the simplest everyday things in life had to be done for her and how difficult it was to see a strong and able Mother as helpless as a small child. I decided I needed to do something to help, not just physically to help his mother, but to help heal his heart as well. I started writing about the stories and photo’s Tony shared from her younger days. Still today, “Mama Tanaro” she still smiles that same old smile when her babies walk through the door, We pray every day for a cure.

Source: Andrea Tanaro

I know personally, how devastating it can be, because my mother was diagnosed with it too. It's not pretty and we all have to do our part. I volunteer every year to help with numerous Alzheimer's events throughout Abilene and the Big Country. I think we can all agree that Alzheimer's is a very bad disease and the current national statistics says, it is estimated 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and the numbers are growing. Every five years the number of people that has Alzheimer's doubles.

While you listen to “Taking Care of Mama” by Andrea Tanaro, try to think of how you can help out. Maybe it's as simple as downloading the song because Andrea, Vgroove Records and Barrick Recording Studio have decided to donate 75% of all digital downloads for research and development for the Alzheimer’s Association. How cool is that?

Okay here's the song, click on this CD Baby link to purchase a digital download.

Here are some stats to check out while listening to Andrea's song.

Scientists do not yet fully understand the multiple factors that may contribute to Alzheimer's disease but known factors include:

  • Age – The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65.
  • Family history of Alzheimer's disease – Researchers believe that genetics may play a role in an individual's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Other potential factors include:

  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes -- Scientists are finding more clues that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes may increase a person's risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.

Younger people may get Alzheimer's disease, but it is much less common than in older adults. The disease usually begins after age 60 and risk goes up with age. It is estimated that nearly half of those age 85 and older may have the disease.

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