Jun 272017
 
Maintaining Independence in the Face of Disease

On more than one occasion, when I was a young boy, my grandmother roamed the streets of Washington, D.C. at night. One night she was picked up by the police, and ultimately placed in a home with others “like her.” Back then, these types of events were attributed to old age and senility.  Today, my mother is living with Alzheimer’s disease – just like my aunt and grandmother. And at the age of 66, I […]

Jun 212017
 
Participating in The Longest Day Is My Way of Saying “I Love You.”

The Longest Day is finally here and my excitement is at fever pitch! All of the planning and hard work has come together, and I know it will be another fun and successful event. My team is certainly ready to make the most of this special day. Why do I fight Alzheimer’s on The Longest Day, year after year? It is because my wonderful husband Warren is courageously living with Alzheimer’s. This is my fourth […]

Jun 202017
 
From Tango to Foxtrot: Ballroom Dancing for Jeanine on The Longest Day

Today we have honored the life of my aunt Jeanine Brown. This incredible woman was responsible for my first-ever public dance moment. It was her wedding reception, there was a Soul Train dance line…and I was paired up with my grandmother.  Needless to say, it was quite the night! Aunt Jeanine was far too young to have been taken from us by Alzheimer’s disease this past January. Not long after her passing, my wife Daisey struck […]

Jun 192017
 
Golfing for Mickey on The Longest Day

Our Longest Day is spent playing golf, my husband Mickey’s favorite sport, which he grew up enjoying with his dad. In 2013, at age 55, Mickey was diagnosed with early-onset (also known as younger-onset) Alzheimer’s disease. Our family wanted to find a way to fight back, and we wanted to include Mickey in whatever we did. A golf tournament in his honor on The Longest Day was the best – and most obvious – choice!  […]

Jun 132017
 
A Proud Father with Alzheimer’s Walks His Daughter Down the Aisle

The fact that my dad even knows who Matt is feels quite incredible. My dad was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease 11 years ago, and my husband Matt came into our lives just three years ago. What makes my heart soar is how they’ve become best buddies. My dad still lives at home with my mom, his soulmate turned full-time caregiver. While he cannot be left alone, dress himself, buckle his seatbelt, or even open […]

Jun 092017
 
Chronicles of My Alzheimer's: A Former New York Times Reporter Shares His Story

For a while now, I’ve been worried about memory lapses. About big vacant holes where my memories should live. For example, I completely forgot that one of my best friends growing up also worked for me at the school newspaper at Penn State. I all too often looked at my sister with blank stares when she described her memories of our family life; I just don’t remember the stories. But I didn’t rush off for […]

Jun 022017
 
Facing the Music: Kim Campbell Talks Alzheimer’s, Caregiving and Disco Meets Country

My husband, country music star Glen Campbell, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011. In 2014, the documentary film “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” shared Glen’s 151-concert “Goodbye Tour” with millions of people. It was empowering to share our family’s story with the world, but it was just the beginning of our continuing journey with this devastating disease. Throughout his life, Glen demonstrated how the power of love, laughter, friendship, faith and music helped him overcome […]

May 312017
 
Letting the Light In with Actress and Alzheimer’s Champion Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Known for her role as Annie Banks in the 1991 Steve Martin film “Father of the Bride” (with enviable, perfect hair), the television series “Nashville” and wife of country music superstar Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams-Paisley is the author of “Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again,” which chronicles her mother Linda’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Linda passed away in November of last year. Now available in paperback, Kimberly’s book shines a […]

May 162017
 
Cycling the Distance for Dad on The Longest Day

The Longest Day is all about love! On the summer solstice, people select any activity they love — or an activity loved by those affected by Alzheimer’s disease — to help raise funds and awareness to help end Alzheimer’s. Two sisters from Decorah, Iowa are fighting to end Alzheimer’s  on behalf of their father Dale, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 57. Most of Brecka and Shanna’s The Longest Day teammates are honoring […]

May 112017
 
Bringing Home the Gold for Mom

Winning a gold medal last August in the 2016 Olympics is a moment I will never forget. I wanted to go home that night. All I could think was: “I need to get back to Arkansas. I need to fly home to see my mom.” Of course there were two more weeks to spend in Rio after my event – and the closing ceremonies to attend – but all I could think about was being […]

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