Which Senior Celebrities Took the Ice Bucket Challenge?
Posted on August 21, 2014
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
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.
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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.
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!
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg accepted the challenge and, of
course, his video features a dramatic zooming out as the ice water pours over
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 shows us that the best part of the Ice Bucket
Challenge just might be the anticipation!
George W. Bush
George W. Bush says it’s not presidential to be drenched in
ice water, and that he’ll just write a check. His wife disagrees!
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
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