Before I forget.

Written by Trish Vradenburg and Special Guests

By 2020 Blog

August 24, 2016 - Ann Napoletan

“Together we can magnify our voice. Validate our journey. Help others too.”   ~Meryl Comer, Caregiver, Advocate, and President, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative

So often, we, as caregivers, feel isolated, alone, and misunderstood. We talk, but is anyone really listening? Does anyone even care what we have to say?

August 15, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

At Hadassah’s recent National Convention, I had the honor of moderating a panel about gender equity in medicine, including the disparity of sex based research. Hadassah connects Jewish women and empowers them to effect change through advocacy and advancing health and well-being, and is a dedicated supporter of Israel.

June 18, 2016 - Lisette Carbajal

Imagine – it’s Father’s Day on Sunday, and while most people are wondering what to get for their father, you’re at home knowing that despite whatever you get for him, it will not have the same meaning. You reminisce about what your father may have wanted before everything came crashing down. You remember how your dad was a handyman before it all fell to pieces.  You remember that summer you spent with your dad building a picket fence because he was determined to make the front yard perfect.

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June 15, 2016 - Stephanie Monroe

For those of us who work with patients and in advocacy, a common occupational hazard is to speak of people with serious illnesses in the collective sense. That’s easy to do in discussing Alzheimer’s disease because the overall statistics are so jarring – more than five million people are afflicted with this terrible illness, a number expected to nearly triple by the year 2050. It is a disease that, at this time, has no cure.

May 16, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

Diane Rehm, the treasured NPR host of The Diane Rehm Show (and friend to UsAgainstAlzheimer’s), has written a deeply personal, profoundly moving, incredibly honest book about her life before and after her husband’s death. Diane and John were married for 54 years.

May 9, 2016 - Peggy Bargmann

The United Methodist Church is leading in the fight against Alzheimer's as a partner with us in the Faith United Against Alzheimer's Coalition. Many congregations are doing important work supporting those with Alzheimer's and their families, including First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, Florida. Thank you to Director Peggy Bargmann for this piece on the Brain Fitness Club. ~ Trish

April 14, 2016 - Rita Altman

There is no cure for Alzheimer's - no "magic bullet," as Rita Altman says. Rita leads Memory Care & Program Services for Sunrise Senior Living. She reminds us that as we fight to end Alzheimer's, there are steps we can all take to try to improve our brain health. ~ Trish 

April 4, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

In 1986, when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I had no idea what it was — except that it was a disease and it was fatal. I knew no one who had it or, at the very least, talked about it. So I entered into the enigmatic maze of Alzheimer’s without a clue about how to navigate or what to expect was to come.

March 17, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

In today's New Jersey Star-Ledger I argue for a third party - The Alzheimer's Party. Now we are neither Democrats nor Republicans. Now we are The Alzheimer's Party. Just as this disease is equal opportunity: Ds or Rs; rich or poor; male or female, African-American, Latino or white — we all are at risk. You can read my op-ed here.

March 3, 2016 - Lynda Everman

I am one of countless Americans who have lost loved ones to Alzheimer’s - first my dad in 2001 and then my husband in 2012. As their primary caregiver for 18 years, I understand all too well the emotional, physical and financial toll Alzheimer’s takes on our loved ones and our families, and the urgent need for a cure.

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