Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. Nearly two-thirds of the Americans living with Alzheimer’s – and more than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers – are women. It’s time to take action by taking the field!
So who do I play for? I play for my grandmother - who called for help and the police on her son and his wife as they were traveling with her, because she forgot who they were. I play for my grandmother-in-law - who never forgot her travels to the USA from Denmark, but struggled with maintaining her own health and hygiene. I play for the patients that I see in dental practice - both for the ones who have become caretakers and the ones who have forgotten how to brush their teeth. I'll never forget a woman in her 90's brought in by her daughter. She asked her daughter, "Who are you?" The daughter responded, "I'm your daughter, Mom." The woman replied, "Oh!....Was I a good mother?" I had to fight to hold the tears back. I play for the lives forgotten.
Please support my participation in RivALZ, a flag football game and fundraising competition to help end Alzheimer’s. We may be opponents on the field, but when it comes to Alzheimer’s, we’re all on the same side. This is a disease that must be defeated and we need your help to do it. Your donation will advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Thank you for helping us tackle this disease – win or lose, our true goal is a world without Alzheimer’s!
To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.