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January 16, 2019 - George Vradenburg

Opinion: The Importance of Productive ‘Failure’ on the Path to Curing Alzheimer’s

Re-Posted from Modern Consult The path to success is paved with failure. Some of the world’s most successful enterprises have achieved breakthrough accomplishments by promoting creativity and risk in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. Those searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease — researchers, companies, patients, caregivers, regulators, government, and private funders of research — have experienced several high-profile recent setbacks. However, finding a cure for Alzheimer’s will require more frequent and bold “failure” of this kind. More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, putting a crushing burden on more than 16 million family caregivers. As 74 million
December 06, 2018 - Lynda Everman

Ending the Stigma

This past year my husband, Dr. Don Wendorf, and I have had the privilege of serving as Senior Editors for ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s upcoming book, Dementia-friendly Worship: A Multifaith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities . It has afforded us many blessings, not the least of which has been to develop friendships with some amazing individuals, one of whom is Rev. Dr. Cynthia Huling Hummel, a Presbyterian (USA) pastor who is living with Alzheimer’s. Not surprisingly, our friendship and shared advocacy has deepened with the sharing of our thoughts, feelings and activities. And, so, it came as no surprise to open
September 26, 2018

WATCH NOW: UsAgainstAlzheimer's 2018 National Alzheimer's Summit Live Stream

Below you'll find the full suite of sessions from the 2018 National Alzheimer's Summit. That National Alzheimer's Summit took place September 24th- 26th in Washington D.C. Panelists and attendees from diverse communities impacted by the disease worked together to develop a clear agenda for action against Alzheimer's. Enjoy! The Last Generation: A Dialogue on Intergenerational Caregiving and Advocacy Developing Brain Health Equity Indicators: Leveraging Data to Measure Progress for Patients and Communities Addressing Unconscious Bias to Drive Inclusion in Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Treatment Opening Remarks Day 2 Fighting Alzheimer’s in a Connected World: Harnessing Innovative Approaches for Powering Research
June 28, 2018

Interview with Dr. Michael Rafii

The upcoming documentary, “Remembering Gene Wilder” His Life, Legacy and Battle with Alzheimer’s Disease is centered around Gene’s incredible life and subsequent diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. Neurologist, Dr. Michael Rafii diagnosed and treated Gene for Alzheimer's Disease up until his passing in 2016. Below is an interview transcript with Dr. Rafii, discussing what he saw and experienced with Gene and Karen Wilder as they battled against this devastating disease.
June 25, 2018

Interview with Karen Boyer Wilder

A new documentary, “Remembering Gene Wilder" His Life, Legacy and Battle with Alzheimer’s Disease will focus on the life of this extraordinary film star and his fight with this demon of a disease. Karen Boyer Wilder, Gene’s wife, acted as Gene’s caregiver throughout his journey with Alzheimer’s. Having met Gene by chance as he was preparing for a film shoot in 1989, she stood by him through the good times and the challenging times. Below is an interview transcript with Karen, discussing her life with Gene, the challenge of being a caregiver, advice she has for those impacted by Alzheimer’s