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  • Lauren H. - A Granddaughter's Love

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  • Helen S. - He Would Want to be Counted

  • Lisette C. - My Best Friend

  • Joyce H. - The Story of Edna P.

  • Max W. - From Child to Caregiver to Alzheimer's Researcher and Advocate

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My journey of learning about Alzheimer’s disease began ten years ago when Mom started showing signs that something just wasn’t quite right.  I didn’t know anything about this disease. The early signs of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia start very slowly and gradually. It took me a long time to figure out what was happening to her. A new path for Mom was ahead of her and ahead of her family and friends.

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Sons and DaughtersActivists

I used to be a high functioning person. I had a high IQ, I went to law school at night while running a real estate joint venture between a regional developer and a regional financial institution and I still graduated in the top 25% if my class. I became a transactional real estate attorney working for companies that owned and/or leased real estate as part of their core business. A few years ago it started taking me longer to get my work done, I was less organized and had piles of paper on my desk. I got fired from 2 companies within 3 years.

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People with Alzheimer'sActivists

The year 2014 was an extremely hard year for me.... JANUARY 2014:I lost my 86-year mother to a 10-year journey with Parkinson's - - - with the last 3 years in which she also suffered from Alzheimer's. She was so kind, loved to draw and paint. She volunteered as a 4-H advisor and a Girl Scout leader....always sharing her love of art with the children of our community. JULY 2014:After an 8-year battle, I lost my loving husband of 44 years to Frontal Temporal Dementia. An alum of The Ohio State University with a degree in Histo

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My mother, Genevieve LaBier had Alzheimer's disease from her early 70's until she died in 2002. In 2005 so many people would tell me that they had a loved one with Alzheimer's that I decided I had to do something.  Being a runner and owning our own business I thought this would be relatively easy to start a 5K road race in memory of my mom. My first call was to the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in Watertown, MA. I told them what I wanted to do and they sent me a race director’s packet. Somehow I managed to get everything in place

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My caregiving journey with my parents began in 2003. Sharing the range of issues, grief, tragedy, loss, triumph, sadness, stress, strength and innovation in a few words is impossible. 

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I was an intern during my work for my Social Work major in college at Sunlight Senior Center in Northridge, C.A. We worked with many seniors with Alzheimers and other forms of dymentia. It was one of the best jobs that I've ever had, the seniors loved us and we loved the seniors. Unfortunately, the center was closed due to funding and the family members had to find other arriangements for the seniors who could not be left at home alone.

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This is a letter written to my state's Congressional Delegation over two years ago when my wife was just entering moderate Alzheimer's:

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Spouses and PartnersActivists

“Please don’t let me strangle my mother,” I plead silently as I try for the umpteenth time to coax her hand into the sleeve of her sweater.  She is sitting on the edge of her bed holding her arm stiffly against her body, refusing to unbend her elbow. It is still dark outside.

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Sons and DaughtersActivists

At any given time in the United States 65 million caregivers partner with their care receivers in a transformative choreography of love and letting go.  While most would call the dance arduous, I think few would call it joyless.  Daily transcendence of self in the name of love ultimately is liberating, although it is difficult to believe that when your elderly loved one is smearing lipstick on the lamp shades. 

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 “Today I threw the Christians to the lions but I got away just in time,” my mother announces as I pull into the parking lot at Applebee’s.  Later I learn that she watched “Ben Hur” at adult daycare but today I don’t know that.   I respond carefully, focusing on her lifelong appetite for grilled salmon.

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