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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:

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.

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.

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:

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:

October 18, 2013 - Trish Vradenburg

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

Here is something that doesn't stop when the government closes down: Alzheimer's.

September 25, 2013 - Trish Vradenburg

Editor's note: This piece originally appeared on Huffington Post 50.

As a determined woman, activist, mother and writer, I've learned to stay humble (kids help you be that), work hard and to never take "no" for an answer.

It's been 26 years since my mom was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. This was the first time in my life that I had to accept "no, there is no cure" as the only answer available.

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