Nov 212014
 
Still My Grammy, An Excerpt from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living With Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete. ~Marcy DeMaree My grandmother was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease when I was in fifth grade. At that point in my life, I was a kid. I was selfish as all kids are, so I didn’t think twice about it. I had no idea how it would eventually affect my life, as [...]

Oct 302014
 
In Their Own Words

In April 2013, Vern Gillmore was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. When Vern first started to experience the warning signs, he was not prepared to hear the words “Alzheimer’s disease.” Today Vern and his wife and care partner Karen are working together to educate others about the disease while facing their daily challenges head-on. They are just one couple whose story shows the power of love and teamwork during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. In [...]

Sep 182014
 
Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Team Led by Four-Year-Old Fundraiser

Everyone has a reason to end Alzheimer’s, including four-year-old Lilly Myers of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Her great-grandmother or “Nanny,” Patty Lewis, 82, is one of the more than 5 million Americans living with the disease. To honor Nanny, Lilly is participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® — the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease — in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. But the preschooler isn’t just walking; she’s the top fundraiser [...]

Sep 052014
 
The Journey Begins, An Excerpt from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living With Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Brooks Adams We had known for a little more than a month before we decided to let others in on the burden our family had been carrying. On the last day of school before Thanksgiving break, my husband, at age forty-six, stood before his beloved high school students and told them our horrific secret. We taught at the same high school, so I [...]

Jun 212014
 
Twirling to End Alzheimer's

On The Longest Day, I will be fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association doing something I love, baton twirling. I have worked hard to get the word out by making announcements at schools, handing out flyers and posting advertisements in my local newspaper, encouraging boys and girls age 6 and older to participate. Alzheimer’s disease is a rapidly-growing epidemic, and I think that kids need to understand what Alzheimer’s really is. Nearly 11 years ago, my [...]

Jun 212014
 
Advocating for Early-Onset Alzheimer’s — One Letterbox at a Time

My family and I have set out for a great day of scavenger hunting, in the form of letterboxing, as our way of participating in The Longest Day, a summer solstice event where people around the world do activities  they love as a way to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. I was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s and chorea, a movement disorder, around the age of 40. I also have two siblings and parents [...]

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