Since 2003, The Judy Fund has raised nearly $5 million from over 1,600 donors individuals, families and businesses. To make a gift in support of the Alzheimer's Association's Judy Fund, please go to the donation section below.
This summer offered me the opportunity to travel in France, where I learned many important things, among them: Sancerre as a daily ritual is a perfect compliment to a Paris afternoon; Jim Morrison has many famous neighbors resting alongside him at Père Lachaise and the literal translation for the word "memory" in French is souvenir.
What a delightful way to think about memories — as souvenirs of one's existence, little treasures collected and preserved and appreciated over a lifetime. Some of these treasures are shared, some are kept private, but all have a home in the annals of the brain, categorized and stored, ready to spring into action when called upon. Hundreds of billions, (I actually read it was the equivalent of one million gigabytes) of tiny souvenirs of one's life, built upon over a lifetime, additive, intact and stored in each human brain.
Alzheimer's destroys those souvenirs and erases lifetimes. It is a thief of treasured possessions, robbing victims and families of generational knowledge. It is the destruction of a prized collection. It is the end.
Alzheimer's has affected our family for four generations. My children's great-grandmother Gertrude Glazer died of Alzheimer's disease. Her daughter, my mother, Judy Jaffe died the same way. My brothers and I are the generation of change; our children will likely be the generation of survivorship. Surviving Alzheimer's, a scientific concept that is likely to be a reality in the next couple of decades. I plan to be around to usher that science in.
We actively refer to the generations of The Judy Fund. The First Generation of the Fund is Judy and Marshall, their peers, and friends and family. JF2G refers to the Second Generation: Todd and Doreen, Dean and Marcie, Richard and I. We regularly reach out to engage friends and family of our generation in the cause. One example is our new "Judy Fund Salon Series," which speaks to boomer women about the important connection between their brain and heart health (see story on page 11).
JF3G is the future: the eight grandchildren of Judy — the Third Generation of the Fund. We use many tactics to engage this younger generation in the work of The Judy Fund. From the work of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity on college campuses across the country, to Ella and Sophie, who at just 13 years old, are already co-captains of The Judy Fund Team for the Los Angeles Walk to End Alzheimer's® — JF3G is making a significant mark on the future of this disease. Throughout this newsletter, you can read stories and reports on the generations of The Judy Fund, and how we bring so many people together to help us put an end to this disease.
Since The Judy Fund's inception in 2003, we have raised nearly $5 million to support the research and public policy efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. This continues to make us the fastest growing family fund in the history of the Association. We continue to grow and serve, for ourselves and for future generations. We want to keep the souvenirs of a person's lifetime intact, and ensure they are there to be shared. Help us grow, keep in touch, support our work.
Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
The Judy Fund
Tue, Feb 26, 2013
As I struggle through raising two daughters and losing my own mother at the same time voices like yours give me strength. While being stuck in the middle I find inspiration in my daughter's voice. I'd like to share that with you, in this video of a song she wrote about her Nana called "I Remember"
Thu, Dec 06, 2012
For those of you who have access to Facebook, please "like" The Judy Fund and share it with your friends. It's a great way to keep posted on all things Judy Fund, and to keep updated on great strides in Alzheimer's.
Fri, Aug 24, 2012
Could you share the story with Sarasota County Aging Network? This non profit organization supports the Alzheimer's Organizations Gulf Coast Chapter and would like to include a link to your page. We are
Sun, Dec 04, 2011
I remember well the "We Love Judy" party given by Marshall for the beautiful Judy. Everybody in Palm Springs loved her and she loved them. We were neighbors in the Tennis Club area and also enjoyed aerobic workouts on the treadmill at Gold's gym. I last saw Judy (before the party) when I was able to host she and Marshall at Muriel's and she looked like a movie star. I now live in Florida but I will never forget her.
Sun, Sep 04, 2011
Hi, Liz, Dean, and Todd,
My father showed me a note from your dad in response to a donation Sylvester made to the Judy Fund. Bob and I would also like to contribute.
Hope you're all well.
Wed, Jan 05, 2011
We depend everyday on our memory we need a cure for this disease that took my own mother and so many others. I pray for a cure...