Jun 272016
 
Forget Me Not Days Promote Alzheimer's Awareness During the Month of June

“How many of you, either directly or indirectly, have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease?” This is the question I ask my colleagues every year at our kick-off meeting for Forget Me Not Days (FMND), the national Bankers Life fundraising campaign to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Every year, more people raise their hands. For the past 14 years, Bankers Life has supported the Alzheimer’s Association through fundraising and advocating for early detection, which can help individuals […]

Jun 202016
 
Lighting the Way: Honoring My Father’s Memory

Today is the The Longest Day, a sunrise-to-sunset event that symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. On June 14, 2012, my four siblings and I crowded around my father’s bed to say our final goodbyes. Ronald Paul Geguzys Sr. has been missed in so many ways since then, most especially by his children who never really got the chance to share him with our children. Dad passed away of […]

Jun 202016
 
Riding Harleys to Help End Alzheimer's

My sister Rose first got in touch with the Alzheimer’s Association about three years ago on behalf of our mother. Since then, and the organization and local chapter has helped my family in so many ways. Today we give back by once again participating in The Longest Day, a sunrise-to-sunset event that symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Years ago, when Rose and I first talked about how we […]

Jun 202016
 
From the Bottom of My Heart: A Day to Honor My Father and Brother

Alzheimer’s disease is fast becoming a global epidemic.  Every 66 seconds, someone in America develops the disease.  We need to end Alzheimer’s – hopefully for our sakes – but also for the futures of our children and grandchildren. This is my fifth year participating in The Longest Day, a sunrise-to-sunset event that symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. While I participate in the event in memory of my father, […]

Jun 202016
 
A New Language of Love on The Longest Day of the Year

Today I’m honoring LuAnne and the 47 million people around the world who are living with Alzheimer’s by participating in The Longest Day, a sunrise-to-sunset event that symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. How can I tell you about my wife LuAnne? In the simplest words, she is the love of my life and my bride since the age of 19. But words escaped me when, at 55, […]

Jun 172016
 
Light Amid the Darkness

My graduate school commencement ceremony was fast approaching, and I knew it would be next to impossible for my dad to attend.  My dad, who is in his 80s, is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Just the drive to and from the school would be a challenge for him, so I made arrangements for the assisted living facility to live stream the ceremony. Little did I know, my family had other plans in mind. My mom […]

Jun 032016
 
Alzheimer’s: A Real Love Story…

TRUTH: Alzheimer’s is more than memory loss. It is common knowledge that Alzheimer’s robs people of their ability to remember, but other truths about the disease remain unknown. This June, we are debunking harmful misconceptions that keep people from seeking a diagnosis and that reduce access to needed resources and support services. Uncover the truths and take action to help end this disease. Julia Balson, a slight, red-haired woman with a big smile, English accent […]

Feb 112016
 
Why Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect More Women Than Men? New Alzheimer’s Association Grant Will Help Researchers Explore That Question

Women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Nearly two-thirds of the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women and two-thirds of the more than 15 million Americans providing care and support for someone with Alzheimer’s disease are women. This devastating disease places an unbalanced burden on women at work and at home, forcing them to make difficult choices about their careers, their relationships and  their futures. As real a concern as […]

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 282015
 
We Are In This Together

Four years ago, Mom quit her job so that she could come help me with my twin boys after they were born. I was an exhausted first-time mom who had no clue what I was doing. It was a huge relief to have her by my side during that time. I started to notice little things about Mom that were different; rather than read too much into anything, I figured that we were both just […]

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