Nov 142016
 
Relief for Thousands Living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Today, there are an estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. And while most people associate the disease with old age, the fact is there are 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 living with it today. As with all forms of the disease, early-onset Alzheimer’s is a progressive, terminal disease, which cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Since the onset can occur in people as early as in their 30s and 40s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aug 222016
 
Without Action, Alzheimer’s Will Overwhelm Federal Budget by 2050 – Part II

This is part two 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 three reveals public opinion on the need for government to act. The Research Imperative The federal government has taken several important steps in recent years to address this looming crisis. The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), passed unanimously by Congress in December 2010 and […]

Aug 092016
 
Without Action, Alzheimer's Will Overwhelm Federal Budget by 2050 - Part I

This is part one of a three-part series on the need to act decisively to address the Alzheimer’s crisis. Part two addresses the research needs and opportunities. Part three reveals public opinion on the need for government to act. In the three seconds it takes you to read this sentence, taxpayers will have spent more than $15,000 on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Within the hour, the cost will reach $18.3 million. Our nation’s entitlement programs […]

Mar 252016
 
Standing Strong on Shifting Sand: An Alzheimer’s Advocate’s Story

Brenda Bouchard is certainly qualified to advocate on behalf of people affected by Alzheimer’s. The 58-year-old New Hampshire resident serves as a full-time caregiver for her mother with the disease, as well as for her husband, Ken, 69, who has younger-onset Alzheimer’s. My husband was just 59 years old when our journey began. He, like his grandfather, mother, seven aunts and uncles and two older brothers before him was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. That was […]

Nov 052015
 
A Lasting Impression

I don’t have Alzheimer’s, and I’m not a caregiver for someone who does. I have no family members suffering from Alzheimer’s. In fact, my family has no history of Alzheimer’s disease. My name is Wes, I’m 36 years old, and the Alzheimer’s Association has been my charity of choice for more than 10 years. “What?” “Why?” It’s true; I’m not your “typical” advocate. But the truth is that this disease has made a lasting impression […]

Oct 272015
 
A Note to Caregivers from Dan Gasby

Two years ago, when B. got her diagnosis, I made the same assumption that almost all newcomers to this challenging subject do. I thought it was all about the loved one who now had Alzheimer’s. She was the patient — or maybe the word I used more often was “victim.” She was, and she is. But the challenge, I came to see, was just as formidable for me as it was for her. I don’t […]

Sep 162015
 
Seattle Seahawks Guard J.R. Sweezy Talks About His Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Seattle Seahawks’ J.R. Sweezy is not the tough offensive guard most people know when he’s around his wife Gissell. “She’s everything I ever wanted. I became so much happier when she came into my life. She’s my support system,” he says, lowering his gaze shyly, petting their black Labrador Otis. Gissell laughs, returning his smile. “There’s that soft side of him that people don’t see,” Gissell says. “I think everyone sees him as just a football player. […]

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