Jun 192016
Ascending Colorado 14ers for Alzheimer’s

Although I have summited 20 of the 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, my hikes up these peaks in the last few years have taken a whole new meaning. Tomorrow, I am climbing three “14ers” in one day along with my team Ascending for Alzheimer’s. Our climb is part of The Longest Day,  a sunrise-to-sunset event that symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Three years ago, I received news that was […]

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 […]

Apr 272016

Being a mom is no easy task. It involves headaches, backaches, heartaches and plenty of exhaustion. It can also be one of life’s greatest joys. Being a caregiver is a difficult role. Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women, and over one-third of dementia caregivers are daughters. We know that mothers and daughters share a unique bond, and this Mother’s Day, we are celebrating mother-daughter relationships that are truly as unique as they come. Watch these videos to […]

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 […]

Feb 222016
Finding Balance During Alzheimer’s Highs and Lows

25-year-old Founder and CEO of Lokai, Steven Izen, talks about his personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease and how it inspired him to create the purple Lokai bracelet to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Tell us about your connection to Alzheimer’s and your journey with the disease. My grandpa – known as “Papa” – was a man’s man and above everything else, extremely hard working. He had a great love for the water and was an avid […]

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 […]

Feb 112016

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are featuring video blog stories of couples who are dealing with Alzheimer’s. Setting any commercial hype around the Valentine’s Day holiday aside, love is all that really matters. Love is what brings couples together and helps them build lives together. Love is what keeps a care partner going on the difficult days. Enjoy the videos below to learn what Valentine’s Day means to those living with Alzheimer’s, from wedding […]

Jan 212016

“Was I there, too?” Mom asks as my dad tells us about a concert they attended Monday night. “Of course,” he responds. “I don’t remember,” Mom replies. “I don’t even know if I’m here or there.” We laugh, because in context, it’s funny. What it means, however, is that Mom is aware of her memory loss, of her dislocation from time, of her inability to live beyond the moment. We’ve accepted this about her. And […]

Jan 122016
Dear Healthcare Professional Taking Care of My Mom with Alzheimer's

Let me start by simply saying thank you! Thank you for your tireless work in the medical field. You may be prescribing or handing her medication, and checking for side effects. Maybe you are the nurse’s aide who helps her get dressed in the morning and reminds her where the dining room is. Are you the social worker who takes my concerned calls? Or the lab technician who draws her routine blood work? Maybe you […]

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