Which Senior Celebrities Took the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Updated 7/16/15 4:31pm | The spotlight on the Ice Bucket Challenge has dimmed since the published date of this article. We want to remind our readers that Alert1 medical alert systems fully supports the fight against ALS. If you know someone who suffers from similar medical conditions, you can give the gift of security and protection with our medical alarms. For more details, please call 1-866-581-4540

What is the ice bucket challenge?

Everyone’s doing it, and celebrities who are 65+ are no exception! It’s the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. This viral sensation has been going strong since late July, and everybody is getting in on the action. The best part? It is raising money and awareness for a great cause. But what exactly is the Ice Bucket Challenge, and what is ALS? Keep on reading to find out!

The Ice Bucket Challenge asks you to either film yourself pouring a bucket of ice water on your head or donate $100 to the ALS Foundation. (Preferably both!) The video is then uploaded to social media, and you are to tag your friends to take the challenge as well.

The chill of the ice water is causing people everywhere to shriek and laugh. Some hilarious videos have been created in the process! The tradition of tagging your friends means that the challenge is spreading everywhere. More than 1.2 million videos have been uploaded to Facebook alone!

But this isn’t just another viral trend that comes and goes without a trace. This challenge is raising money for a great cause. In only two weeks, the ALS Association raised $7.6 million in donations.

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What is ALS?

ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as motor neuron disease, Charcot disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.  ALS affects the neurons in the brain and spinal cord that control muscles throughout the body and causes them to degenerate. Once neurons degenerate they can no longer send the signals to muscles that tell them to move. This means that those affected lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement.

ALS is usually genetic, running in families, but some people develop the disease with no family history. The precise cause of ALS is not known. Current treatments are designed to relieve the symptoms of ALS, with medication, therapy, and nutrition having a positive impact. There are a number of clinical trials currently underway in addition to research on the causes of ALS.

ALS is definitely a worthy cause to give donations. Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge awareness of the disease has increased dramatically, as have donations. These donations should help the ALS Association in their goal to find a cure for ALS.

Would a medical alert system help an ALS sufferer?

Here at Alert1 we recommend anyone who might require emergency assistance to get a medical alert system. While those in later stages of ALS might not be able to press the alarm button, our fall detection medical alert system would add extra protection from dangerous falls.

If your legs are apt to giving out and you are prone to falls, our fall detection medical alert system is perfect for you. When the help pendant’s sensors detect that you have fallen, it automatically calls the Alert1 Command Center. The Command Center will quickly get you the help you need. We can even call your caretaker and medical support team! Everyone in your Circle of Care will be notified – you will be in the best of hands. We will stay on the line with you until help arrives so that you are never alone!

What's the cure for ALS?

Medical treatment for ALS is more or less unknown. A number of drugs have been tested for this disease. As many of these drugs are in clinical trials, medical rehabilitation and recuperation of patients isn’t guaranteed. Considering many ALS sufferers are seniors aged 60-70 with slower immune systems, it’s difficult to fully recover.

Health effects can be crippling as muscles are weakened and physical functions are impaired. Most patients lose the ability to walk and use their hands and arms. They lose the ability to speak, swallow food, and breathe. Most people with ALS are diagnosed in their golden years. These seniors die within three to five years from respiratory failure. Notable long-term survivors are guitarist Jason Becker and physicist Stephen Hawking.

What are the best celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge videos?

Millions of videos have been uploaded completing the challenge. Of course as a medical alert system company, here at Alert1 we are particularly interested in our 65+ celebrities. Many of these celebrities both made videos and donated to the ALS Association – the best of both worlds! 

Steven Spielberg

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg accepted the challenge and, of course, his video features a dramatic zooming out as the ice water pours over his head.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart did the challenge, but seems to have forgotten the ‘water’ part of the Ice Bucket Challenge! Extra bonus: ice down the back of her shirt!

Stephen King

Stephen King shows us that the best part of the Ice Bucket Challenge just might be the anticipation!

Oprah Winfrey

Okay, so Oprah isn’t 65+ yet. But how could we resist showing you this video? Her shriek is the best possible reaction!

The Ice Bucket Challenge: supporting a good cause

The Ice Bucket Challenge has really helped increase public awareness of ALS and has raised an impressive amount of money for a great cause.  Will you take the Ice Bucket Challenge? 

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