Oct 132016
My Mother’s Fight Continues Through Me

When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I was a healthcare professional working in assisted living. I didn’t have much personal experience with dementia or first-hand knowledge of what it would be like to walk with someone on this journey. Suddenly, it became my mother’s journey and, eventually, my story as well. My sisters and I bought every book we could find about this terrible disease. “You read these three, I’ll read these four.” […]

Oct 072016
Trying to Get an Alzheimer’s Question in the Presidential Town Hall Debate

“We have a great opportunity,” said Ruth Gay, our chapter’s chief public policy officer, reaching me at San Francisco International Airport early on September 29 as I was about to board a flight to New York.  “It’s a real long shot,” she explained, “but as an AIM member and volunteer advocate, would you like an opportunity to ask a question about Alzheimer’s disease at the next presidential debate?” “Absolutely!” I replied, “What do you need […]

Sep 292016
Our Most Precious Moments

The memories of our grandmothers – and the urgent need to protect our own parents from this disease – propelled our family to join the Alzheimer’s Association in Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We walk because it is our greatest hope that, in the near future, no one else will have to experience this disease the way our family has. Our family grew up on Staten Island, New York. Surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, […]

Sep 092016
We Must Walk

My mother Marilyn was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in her late 60s, but I recognized that something was wrong in her mid-60s. She had been displaying signs of nervousness and was more forgetful than usual. She had always been a very outgoing and confident woman who dressed very fashionably. One day I noticed that her skirt hem was hanging and that she wasn’t taking the same care in her appearance. My mother succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease one year […]

Sep 062016
Why Everyone with Alzheimer’s Should Enroll in a Clinical Study

When you or a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s disease (AD) diagnosis and the equally bad news is that there isn’t a single medication on the market that can stop the mind-robbing disease in its tracks, it’s easy to feel hopeless. Who wouldn’t? But on the contrary, there is every reason to be hopeful. Why? More than 150 Alzheimer’s and related clinical trials in the U.S. are looking for volunteers. Each of these studies is […]

Sep 012016
Every Step Is a Step that Matters

I’ve been a proud team captain for Walk to End Alzheimer’s for five years. I walk for all those living with Alzheimer’s, including myself. I started having trouble with my memory in my 40s. I worked in a doctor’s office as a nurse and suddenly I forgot how to calculate inches to feet in height. Then, I couldn’t remember what shots were given at what age. Eventually, I forgot how to spell the doctor’s name. […]

Sep 012016
Waking Up to Sunshine

Family, fitness and faith are all at the center of my being. I was a caregiver for 13 years for two of the most important men in my life – my fathers. Like many caregivers, I experienced the joy and heartbreak of caring for my parents. It was a journey that sometimes made me laugh and sometimes made me cry. When my father was diagnosed with dementia after suffering from two strokes, I was concerned […]

Aug 232016
NIH Releases Second Alzheimer’s Professional Judgment Budget

This summer has been filled with positive advancements towards increased federal Alzheimer’s research funding in the House and the Senate for FY17. And, in August, Alzheimer’s champions received another reason to celebrate when the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended a $414 million increase in spending on Alzheimer’s disease research above NIH’s base appropriation for Fiscal Year 2018. Were this provided next year on top of what Congress is on track to provide this year, that […]

Aug 232016
Without Action, Alzheimer’s Will Overwhelm Federal Budget by 2050 – Part III

This is the final piece of a three part series on the need to act decisively to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. Part one reviewed the fiscal imperative to address the Alzheimer’s crisis, while part two addressed the research needs and opportunities. THE PEOPLE’S IMPERATIVE The public is increasingly aware of the need for action. A nationwide survey the Alzheimer’s Association fielded in 2015 found that voters view Alzheimer’s disease as a significant priority. The survey […]

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