Sep 012016
 
Every Step Is a Step that Matters

I’ve been a proud team captain for Walk to End Alzheimer’s for five years. I walk for all those living with Alzheimer’s, including myself. I started having trouble with my memory in my 40s. I worked in a doctor’s office as a nurse and suddenly I forgot how to calculate inches to feet in height. Then, I couldn’t remember what shots were given at what age. Eventually, I forgot how to spell the doctor’s name. […]

Sep 012016
 
Waking Up to Sunshine

Family, fitness and faith are all at the center of my being. I was a caregiver for 13 years for two of the most important men in my life – my fathers. Like many caregivers, I experienced the joy and heartbreak of caring for my parents. It was a journey that sometimes made me laugh and sometimes made me cry. When my father was diagnosed with dementia after suffering from two strokes, I was concerned […]

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 192016
 
A Wedding Dance and a Walk

My mom has been living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s for over nine years, diagnosed when she was just 53. This is why I walk to end Alzheimer’s. This year will be my fourth Walk in honor of her and the millions of people diagnosed with this disease. Some people mistakenly think that Alzheimer’s is a “cute” disease that happens to old people when they lose their memory. When I posted a video on Facebook last year […]

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 […]

Jun 292016
 
A Passion for Compassion

Nikki Dodson is care partner for her husband Ken who has younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. They are both 37 years old. We spoke to them about their reality of being a young family with a very unique story and a huge passion for ending Alzheimer’s. Nikki Ken received his Alzheimer’s diagnosis a week before his 30th birthday. Needless to say, it was a very difficult time. Even gaining access to some Alzheimer’s informative resources has been […]

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 […]

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