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December 13, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

It Is Getting Harder and Harder to be an Optimist

The recent announcement by Eli Lilly that a new drug intended to slow memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s had failed a late-stage clinical trial felt like a punch in the gut. Look, I know that finding a treatment for dementia is a complex, Herculean task. But I was so sure that this time it was going to happen. And when it didn’t, I knew the devastation that the thousands of people who volunteered for this clinical trial must have felt, as well as the dedicated Eli Lilly researchers and all those who’d devoted their time and energy to crushing
December 12, 2016 - Ann Napoletan

Creating Moments of Joy at the Holidays

When your loved one is living with dementia, the holidays are bound to change. While this can feel very sad and like a loss, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. With each stage, consider creating new traditions or modifying old ones in a way that allows you to meet your loved one right where they are. My mom was always the center of our holiday celebrations. For as long as I remembered, she prepared a smaller version of the Italian Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. She made it look so effortless - I think she could
December 05, 2016 - Karen Segal

#VBGivesBack

UsAgainstAlzheimer's and I are grateful to Veronica Beard for including us as part of the #VBGIVESBACK program. Veronica Beard will donate $10 of every VeronicaBeard.com order in December to the cause. My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2002 and I learned firsthand how challenging it is to juggle family life and caring for my mother. I joined UsAgainstAlzheimer's to disrupt the conversation around Alzheimer’s with the goal of finding a cure by 2020 through research and clinical trials. There are always "first signs" something is wrong - we've all been there. In 2002, when I was pregnant with
November 29, 2016 - Loretta Woodward Veney

Treasured

When my mom was diagnosed with dementia, I started writing down things that she said or asked. At first it was a way to hold onto the memories she was losing. But as the disease progressed, I’ve seen how her wisdom and humor continue to shine through the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease. Living in the moment is a challenge for all of us facing this disease, alongside loved ones stuck between the disappearing past and the uncertain future. With Thanksgiving just behind us, I’ve been reflecting on what makes me thankful, and it’s every minute I get with my mom.
November 07, 2016 - Trish Vradenburg

The Bea Lerner Valor Award

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 .)