Barbara's Walk Donation Page
I walk to honor my father, John Drake, a World War II vet and postal supervisor who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 86.
The costs of caring for my father in the United States were astronomical, so my husband I brought my dad with us to Lima, Peru. There he received compassionate, highly affordable one-on-one care and lived out the remaining two years of his life in dignity. You can read about his journey on my blog, A Peruvian Alzheimer's Adventure (http://perualz.com).
It is my hope that all Americans with Alzheimer's could receive the level of care that my father did. Our country needs to make at-home care affordable for all and should pay licensed home-health aides a fair wage, with costs covered by Medicare and Medicaid. We also need an overhaul of the existing medical system so that the focus for Alzheimer's patients is on daily care, rather than on emergency interventions. And, of course, we need to fund a cure.
I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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