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June 14, 2018 - UsAgainstAlzheimer's

Father’s Day: Reflections on Alzheimer’s Disease

This Father’s Day, a day when families come together to celebrate generations of beloved fathers in their lives, we pause to reflect upon the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on families. As we give thanks for the Dads in our lives, we must consider how Alzheimer’s has affected these men, and the stories that illustrate their strength and resilience in the face of this complex disease. On this Father’s Day, join us in the fight for a cure. Share your Alzheimer’s story here . Lisette Carbajal “When the reminders for Father’s Day begin, memories of Father’s Days past are what I
June 13, 2018 - Lisette Carbajal

Why My Dad Isn’t Walking Me Down the Aisle

When the reminders for Father’s Day begin, memories of Father’s Days past are what I cling to – memories that I know are buried deep inside my father as well. But for many years, Father’s Day has no longer been filled with his laughter or signs of pride in his children. Father’s Day also always seems to fall near major moments that I wish I could have shared with my dad: starting a job with the Governor of Virginia, finishing graduate school, and this year, getting married. When I met Graham, my father’s Alzheimer’s had already progressed enough that he
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June 08, 2018 - Drew Holzapfel

What a President Will Do for UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is pushing for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease in an unprecedented way. It is demanding urgency and deploying innovative and creative strategies to help the United States – and the rest of the world – address the disease. For more than seven years, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s has advocated on behalf of patients and their caregivers, supported cutting-edge research efforts, and incubated promising initiatives focused on finding a cure. I have been lucky to participate in the success of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s for several years in multiple capacities, including as a Founding Board Member of the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation (GAP) and as the
May 29, 2018 - George Vradenburg

Giving Patients a Much-Needed Voice in Alzheimer’s Research

Alzheimer’s is a disease that progresses slowly through its six stages, gradually robbing patients of their memories and abilities while placing great burdens on their caregivers. And as the global population rapidly ages and the number of those with this lengthy and cruel disease increases, the need to find and deliver Alzheimer’s treatments and cures has never been more urgent. The question we face is: How do we direct limited resources to accelerate rapid development, testing and regulatory approval of new treatments, while making sure those treatments provide what patients and their caregivers actually want? The answer is surprisingly simple:
May 08, 2018 - Marie Marley

Pets and Engaging Those Living with Alzheimer's

There is substantial research supporting the notion that activities involving pets (and in some cases stuffed animals) can be beneficial to people living with Alzheimer’s. These activities usually reach those in the latest stages of the disease—even when they no longer talk or recognize loved ones. Here is some down-to-earth, practical advice on how to involve pets and stuffed animals to engage, comfort, communicate with, and bring joy to your loved one who is living with dementia. These tips are based on my personal experience as a caregiver, articles and books I have published, articles and books published by other