My work at the Alzheimer's Association started with a personal interest in the cause. I do what I do in memory of my Grandpa Don - who passed away just before Christmas in 2016 with dementia - and in honor of my Grandma Martha - his wife of more than 60 years who selflessly provided care to the love of her life during those difficult final years. I think of my grandparents often when I meet people living with dementia and family caregivers.
This is a difficult and all too common experience. Caleb's grandmother and my Grandma Rita's sister suffered from Alzheimer's disease. In fact, 110,000 Hoosiers are living with Alzheimer's or dementia, and more than 338,000 provide unpaid care. Luckily, the Alzheimer's Association is here to help. We provide and enhance care and support for all affected, including offering a 24/7 Helpline, local education programs, support groups and care consultation with licensed social workers. At the same time, we lead and fund research so that some day there will be a way to slow, stop or prevent Alzheimer's disease.
I hope you will join me in this important mission!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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