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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.

July 19, 2013 - Trish Vradenburg

Editor's note: This piece originally appeared on Trish's AARP Blog

On July 2, USA Today reported that more than 20 former employees of a Georgia Alzheimer's care center are facing dozens of criminal charges after a three-month state investigation uncovered allegations of cruel treatments of patients.

June 25, 2013 - Trish Vradenburg

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

May 12, 2013 - Trish Vradenburg

My mother had a cleft palate.  It was fixed when she was three years-old, and you could never tell anything was wrong by looking at her, but it left her with two impediments: her speech and her mother.

April 30, 2013 - Trish Vradenburg

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Chicken Little was in the woods. A seed fell on his tail. Chicken Little said, The sky is falling.” So he ran to tell the king and everyone in the kingdom.

February 14, 2013 - Trish Vradenburg

Dear Abby: I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Have you any suggestions? — M. J. B. in Oakland, Calif.

Dear M. J. B.: Yes. Run for a public office.

Such was the incisive wit of Pauline Friedman Phillips, known to millions as Dear Abby. Affectionately nicknamed “Popo” by friends, Dear Abby was the advice maven of a generation – or rather, generations.

Dear Abby: Are birth control pills deductible? — Bertie

Dear Bertie: Only if they don’t work.

February 10, 2013 - Trish Vradenburg

It occurs to me that my mother never told us some basics about what she wanted should she ever have Alzheimer’s. True, few people think in those terms, but since both my grandmother and mother had Alzheimer’s, there’s a good chance I will be next. So, here’s my first list for my husband, daughter and son:

1. I must have a puppy to lick me and stay by my side and think everything I do is wonderful.

2. Hair: I must always be a blond with shoulder length hair. No pixie cut. Only Mia Farrow and Peter Pan can carry that off.

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