Earlier this year, I held my father's hand as he passed from a combination of dementia, pneumonia and COVID. It was one of the worst moments in my life. Because of dementia, he could not at all participate in his medical care. I felt helpless as he slipped away.
Before dementia set in, Dad was robust and strong for his age. Even into his 90's, he hiked with us and joined me on a cruise to Alaska and one to Mexico. As dementia claimed his mind, he could not live independently and resided in Pacifica memory care in Palm Springs.
The Alzheimer’s Association vision is “A World Without Alzheimer’s and All Other Dementia®”. With your “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” support, we can provide care/comfort/support to those living with Alzheimer’s and all other dementia as well as their care providers, friends and family; support and fund research to accelerate the global progress of new treatments, prevention and, ultimately, cures; and advocate for public policies that increase and fund critical federal and state support and programs for all those affected as well as advocate for critical governmental research funding.
Please join the Coachella Valley Advisory Council and Joe and me in changing the trajectory of Alzheimer’s and All Other Dementia so that you and yours won’t ever experience the “long goodbye.”
Thank you for your support,
Chair – Alzheimer’s Association - Coachella Valley Advisory Council
Board Member – Alzheimer’s Association – California Southland Board of Directors
Ambassador to Congressperson Raul Ruiz
State Champion to Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
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