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Nov 172016
 
Why I Walk: William’s Story

My experience with Alzheimer’s started in 2001. My grandfather (my father’s father) died of what was first described to me as senility. I was in my early 20s and thought nothing of it; people in their 80s just forgot things. It was not until 2009 or 2010 that I started to pay closer attention. We later discovered that my grandfather had had dementia. That’s when I also learned that my grandparents on my mother’s side […]

Nov 142016
 
Finding Joy in the Face of Alzheimer’s: Richard Lui Talks Family & Long-Distance Caregiving

We sat down to talk with Richard Lui, news anchor for NBC and MSNBC and long-distance caregiver for his father, who is living with Alzheimer’s. Every week, Richard travels coast-to-coast to be with his family. Tell us about your father Steven’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and how it came about. It began with a diagnosis of dementia. The interesting part is my Dad never had a great memory – it was something we joked about. However, what […]

Nov 102016
 
Walking for the First Survivor of Alzheimer’s

2016 marks the 5th year I have walked in Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year, I was lucky to walk with friends and family, but there is one person I wish could walk with me – and I simultaneously realize that if she was here, I wouldn’t have the same compelling reason to walk. That person is my mom. When I was 15, my mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50. […]

Oct 212016
 
The Hardest Goodbye: A Granddaughter’s Story

I was 15 years old when I found out my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I had heard of it. I knew about it from friends who had grandparents who suffered through it (and I’d seen The Notebook a million times), but nothing can ever prepare you for what comes after the diagnosis. I tried to convince myself over and over that she would suffer less because there would come a point that she […]

Oct 202016
 
Thank You for Loving Me

In 2015, I was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. My father, 85, and the youngest of 10, is living with Alzheimer’s, as well as one of his brothers. Their father also had the disease. Still fresh in my mind is an early incident at my grandparent’s home. My grandmother was trying to tell my grandfather where the closet was so that he could hang his coat, as he had done so many times before. He […]

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 112016
 
Finding Unexpected Gifts Deep in a Crisis

“Come on, Carlen,” Martha said. “Let’s get out there now!” My wife was anxious to see two of her paintings on exhibit in an art show on St. Pete Beach. Martha scurried straight to her paintings when we walked through the door that Friday. “Look, here they are,” she said, grabbing my hand. You’d think there were no other paintings in this show, I thought as I smiled. She beamed as she looked at them […]

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 […]

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