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May 7, 2015 - Trish Vradenburg

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

1987

My mother had once again refused to see a doctor. This from a woman who, until now, had been a hypochondriac.

All I wanted, I told her was, "A simple evaluation." 

"Evaluate yourself," she snapped, her determined chin jutting out.

"Mom, I'm not the one who thinks strange men are in the house."

May 1, 2015 - George Vradenburg

This blog post was originally published by the Huffington Post.

Still Alice, the film with Academy-award winning actress Julianne Moore, powerfully depicts a woman's steep descent into Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and demonstrates why people overwhelmingly cite Alzheimer's as the disease they most fear. 

April 22, 2015 - Trish Vradenburg

In 2009, at the age of 59, Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. It wasn't surprising since his family was laced with the disease: his grandfather, his uncle and his mother had all succumbed to this merciless killer. Now it's Greg O'Brien's turn. But he isn't going to go down without a fight.

February 9, 2015 - Trish Vradenburg

“Still Alice” is winning awards and critical acclaim for Julianne Moore’s moving portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The film’s popularity has great potential to raise awareness and understanding about Alzheimer’s—helping bring it out of the shadows, so more people understand its impact.

You can help by organizing a movie night. It’s a powerful subject, so the idea of going with a group may encourage more people to see it. Here’s how to get started:

January 23, 2015 - Rev. Dr. Jade Angelica

Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers

“and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32)

December 15, 2014 - Trish Vradenburg

This post originally appeared in the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

It was 1978.  I had just settled down to catch an episode of “Happy Days,” a funny, sweet TV show – a good escape. 

In the episode, The Fonz (Henry Winkler) heard a knock at the Cunningham’s front door.  Outside stood Mork from Ork – Robin Williams in his first role. 

November 26, 2014 - Trish Vradenburg

On Thanksgiving, George and I will enjoy a meal with family and share what we're thankful for this year.

But I want to get one in before we dig into the turkey and mashed potatoes. So thank you ... thank you for helping us grow USAgainstAlzheimer's into a powerful machine to fight this senseless, cruel disease.

October 28, 2014 - Trish Vradenburg

Ben Bradlee, the legendary editor of The Washington Post who was best known for exposing "Watergate," died last week.

October 1, 2014 - Allan S. Vann

(Adapted from remarks made at a hearing sponsored by Congressman Steve Israel, D-NY)

May 11, 2014 - Trish Vradenburg

By Trish Vradenburg and Congresswoman Annie Kuster

On this Mother's Day, we honor our mothers, who suffered from a deadly and currently untreatable disease: Alzheimer's. 

Trish Vradenburg (TV): My Mother was larger than life. She embraced life with style and grace and passion. She could capture a room just by entering it.

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