Sep 272017
 
Shared Genes

There is no escaping the similarities between us. Mom and I look alike. We dress alike. (We both wore blue dresses on Rosh Hashanah, and on Sunday, we were wearing black skirts and white t-shirts, definitely unintentional on my part.) We walk alike. And our voices are somewhat similar, too, despite my American versus her British accent. I am reminded of these facts every time we are together. It is not something I can avoid: it is genetically determined. I keep […]

Sep 202017
 
My First Memory of Teamwork: A Former NFL Player Walks to End Alzheimer’s for His Grandfather

I learned about the concept of teamwork from my grandfather when I started playing youth football in 1992. That year our team was awful, both on the offensive and defensive lines; we went winless the entire season. This made me miserable. I was the biggest and fastest kid on the team but wasn’t even playing in a featured position. My granddad went to every single one of my games, as he lived just five minutes […]

Aug 142017
 
Caregiver Wife Increases Her Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team Goal to $20,000

Amazing how a simple three-letter word provides an instant impact to Charlotte Jackson’s quest to help end Alzheimer’s. Ask. “The worst they can say is no,” Charlotte says of her simple strategy to build a bigger support group. “I learned how to ask at the very beginning, and so many people have come through for me.” Charlotte’s husband Bill – today “a young 70,” Charlotte says – was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008. In 2012, […]

Jul 182017
 
A Moving Experience

There are boxes stacked neatly in my parents’ apartment, evidence that they are truly going through with their move in two months to Beer Sheva. There’s so much left to pack—a life’s collection—that I suggested that my dad start early and work in short shifts. And with another heat wave gripping Israel, today during my visit, we decided to stay inside and clear out some of the cupboards. Our rule of thumb: if an item […]

Jul 122017
 
Remembering Those We Loved and Lost to Alzheimer’s

Progressive and eventually debilitating, Alzheimer’s disease is devastating. Just ask anyone who knows or loves someone with the disease. Sadly, that includes many of us. Dom Moloney lost his grandfather, Arthur, to the disease. His wife lost her great aunt Milly, who was like a mother to her when she was younger. Dom is from the United Kingdom and works at PRA Health Sciences, where he is getting ready to be part of a cycling […]

Jul 052017
 
An Education: Professor Charles Ogletree Speaks Truths about Alzheimer’s

Charles James Ogletree, Jr. is the Jesse Climenko Professor at Harvard Law School and the founder of the school’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute. With prolific former students such as Michelle Obama and trials under his belt for Tupac Shakur and Anita Hill, Professor Ogletree has fought for decades for justice and civil rights. He is also living with Alzheimer’s disease, having disclosed his diagnosis in July 2016. We spoke to him about his experiences and his […]

Jun 302017
 
Molly’s Movement: A Mother and Son Document Their Journey with Dementia

Difficulty understanding new technologies at work. Lack of focus while driving. Forgetting to pay bills. Flash back roughly 10 years, when Joey Daley began to notice irregularities in his mother’s behavior. She ended up having to quit her job, and things only went downhill from there. She was in and out of doctors’ offices; some doctors would say her behavior was the effects of medication, but others would say it was depression. Dementia was never […]

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 […]

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