Before I forget.

Written by Trish Vradenburg and Special Guests

By 2020 Blog

March 18, 2014 - Trish Vradenburg

If Alzheimer's were cured, people would simply age, rather than disappear into the unforgiving vortex of the disease. There are many octogenarians and nonagenarians who age as nature meant them to. Take for example:

March 13, 2014 - George Vradenburg

For Alzheimer's, the old Dickensian paradox holds: we are in the best of times and the worst.

Times are bad because there is no effective way to treat or prevent Alzheimer's, and global rates of the disease are going to double by 2030 and reach 135 million by mid-century. Families are financially and emotionally devastated by the disease, and national budgets are becoming overwhelmed by the disease's extraordinary costs.

February 25, 2014 - Steve Ponath

Editor’s note: This story is taken from a speech given recently by Steve at a church in North Carolina

Hello, my name is Steve Ponath

I am honored to of been asked to come before you today and speak about a disease that has affected me personally.  I'd like you to understand that in doing so, I step out of my comfort zone and walk in faith that what I am about to say is Christ centered, and not Steve centered. 

February 12, 2014 - Ann Napoletan

With the approaching launch of two exciting new clinical trials, there’s a feeling of optimism in the air.

February 5, 2014 - Pamela Rivers

When I chose to call myself a “Master Caregiver” on my blog, which is about my confessions related to my journey as a caregiver to my mom who had Alzheimer’s, I was the farthest from being a master of any type of caregiving, no less Alzheimer’s caregiving.

But in choosing to put words into the universe I went with the word “master,” since it is a full-on power title, and also because it’s a play on words inspired by actress Sandra Bullock’s sister Gessine’s blog “Confections of a Master Baker.”

January 10, 2014 - Allan S. Vann

As a caregiver for my wife, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in 2009 at the age of 63, here’s my brief “wish list” for a national Alzheimer’s agenda. 

Funding changes:

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December 19, 2013 - Trish Vradenburg

Editor's note: this piece originally appeared on The Huffington Post

The one constant about life is that it is always changing. This dynamic is particularly acute around the holidays. USAgainstAlzheimer's recently asked some of our supporters, who are on the front lines and live this disease every day, for advice on how to tackle this challenging time and create new memories. Here's what they told us:

November 20, 2013 - George Vradenburg

Editor's note: this blog post originally appeared on Huffington Post 50

November 13, 2013 - Martha Stettinius

Even with advanced dementia, my mother could feel moments of joy. I will always feel grateful that we gathered to celebrate her life not after she passed away, but while she was alive and could enjoy being the center of attention. 

My mother, Judy, told me years ago that when she passed away she wanted me to cremate her and to hold a “life celebration,” not a funeral—a party with family and friends. She pictured us at her lakeside home, reminiscing and laughing. We would spread her ashes on the waves, then talk and eat.

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October 29, 2013 - Allan S. Vann

Some of the most watched TV programs each year are NFL games and such large audiences give the NFL a tremendous opportunity to use its broadcasts for public service. To their credit, since 2009 the NFL has used October broadcasts to support breast cancer awareness and help raise money for research. Football players show their support by wearing pink on their uniforms and using pink equipment. Having lost my mother to cancer, and with relatives currently dealing with cancer, I applaud this NFL leadership role and enjoy seeing lots of pink on my TV screen this month.


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