May 162017
 
Cycling the Distance for Dad on The Longest Day

The Longest Day is all about love! On the summer solstice, people select any activity they love — or an activity loved by those affected by Alzheimer’s disease — to help raise funds and awareness to help end Alzheimer’s. Two sisters from Decorah, Iowa are fighting to end Alzheimer’s  on behalf of their father Dale, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 57. Most of Brecka and Shanna’s The Longest Day teammates are honoring […]

May 032017
 

The Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, the Alzheimer’s Association and our nationwide network of dedicated advocates are celebrating breaking news from Washington – federal research funding for Alzheimer’s at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has received a $400 million increase in the FY2017 budget. We first shared with you the Senate Appropriations and House Appropriations Committee’s intent to once again pass an historic funding increase in the summer and today it was officially signed into law […]

May 012017
 
So Much Love: Jimmy Webb Tribute Concert in Honor of Glen Campbell

This Wednesday, May 3, a tribute concert will be performed at Carnegie Hall in honor of Grammy-winning songwriter, composer and singer Jimmy Webb. Art Garfunkel, Ashley Campbell, Toby Keith, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Marilyn McCoo and Dwight Yoakam are among the artists joining Jimmy onstage to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and the I’ll Be Me Fund in honor of Jimmy’s friend of 50 years, Glen Campbell. We spoke to Jimmy about the event, his experience watching Glen’s […]

Apr 122017
 
FDA Approves At-Home Test for an Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Gene: What You Need to Know

Perhaps your grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease; maybe your mom or dad is currently living with the disease. You may be concerned that you are seeing signs of the disease in yourself or a loved one. Whatever the situation, if your family has been touched by Alzheimer’s, it is natural to be curious if a genetic test is valuable in predicting the likelihood of developing the disease. Although the cause of Alzheimer’s is still unknown, scientists […]

Mar 152017
 
Amplify Your Advocacy Reach with New Social Media Tools

These days nearly every member of Congress is using Twitter, Facebook or Instagram on a regular basis. The era of congressional offices sending out press releases as the main way to convey the Member’s message is long gone. Now, both staff and members alike use social media to push information out immediately and interact with their constituents every single day. Because social media has become the main form of communication with most congressional offices, advocates […]

Feb 282017
 
Alzheimer’s Sucker-Punched Me

Like most college students, Alzheimer’s wasn’t something I thought about. In fact, I knew little about the disease – other than it robbed people of their memories. Then I happened to talk to a friend of mine who worked for the Alzheimer’s Association and I thought that interning with the organization could be a chance to offer my help while gaining some work experience. It felt invigorating and empowering to think of beginning a career […]

Feb 162017
 
Finding My Voice in the Fight to End Alzheimer’s: A Young Advocate’s Story

I am a hospice and palliative care nursing assistant for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. I have experienced countless moments of bathing and toileting people who have forgotten what toilet paper is, and countless minutes flipping through photo albums pointing out family members, picture by picture. Most importantly, I have countless special memories of holding someone’s hand as death washes over and a sort of freedom sets in. I have been someone’s doctor, someone’s granddaughter […]

Jan 132017
 
Rings on Her Fingers

My dad and I tried to take Mom’s rings off today, but we had no success. In addition to her wedding and engagement ring, Mom wears four other rings, each one tightly hugging her fingers, so much so that even with liberal amounts of lubrication, the rings do not come off. She’s been wearing them for so long that her fingers have shaped themselves around the rings. Mom has gained weight and her fingers are […]

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