Before I forget.

Written by Trish Vradenburg and Special Guests

November 7, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

My mother - Bea Lerner - was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1987. At the time, I barely knew what the disease was. What I did know is there was no cure. I thought my mom was invincible, but she was no match for Alzheimer’s. I watched helplessly as her mind, her dignity, her soul and finally her body succumbed to this killer. In just a few short years she disappeared into the unforgiving chasm of this deadly disease. (Continue reading on Huffington Post.)

August 15, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

At Hadassah’s recent National Convention, I had the honor of moderating a panel about gender equity in medicine, including the disparity of sex based research. Hadassah connects Jewish women and empowers them to effect change through advocacy and advancing health and well-being, and is a dedicated supporter of Israel.

May 16, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

Diane Rehm, the treasured NPR host of The Diane Rehm Show (and friend to UsAgainstAlzheimer’s), has written a deeply personal, profoundly moving, incredibly honest book about her life before and after her husband’s death. Diane and John were married for 54 years.

April 4, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

In 1986, when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I had no idea what it was — except that it was a disease and it was fatal. I knew no one who had it or, at the very least, talked about it. So I entered into the enigmatic maze of Alzheimer’s without a clue about how to navigate or what to expect was to come.

March 17, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

In today's New Jersey Star-Ledger I argue for a third party - The Alzheimer's Party. Now we are neither Democrats nor Republicans. Now we are The Alzheimer's Party. Just as this disease is equal opportunity: Ds or Rs; rich or poor; male or female, African-American, Latino or white — we all are at risk. You can read my op-ed here.

January 19, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post. ~ Trish

It started with lapses of memory. But who doesn't have those, right? It just means you have to concentrate a little more, be more focused and present in your life. At least that's what B. Smith thought at first.

December 21, 2015 - Trish Vradenburg

We end 2015 on an encouraging note in the fight against Alzheimer's. Congress has passed a bill to fund the government for the coming year providing an historic $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health. The increase means NIH will have additional money to support critical Alzheimer's-related research and, hopefully, move us closer to ending this devastating disease.

November 20, 2015 - Trish Vradenburg
May 7, 2015 - Trish Vradenburg

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. - Trish 

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."

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.

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