On October 3rd I will again be walking in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. While this will be the 6th year I have walked, it feels much different than prior years. This year I will be walking in memory of my dad.
Dad lost his battle with Alzheimer's in January, approximately seven years after being diagnosed with this devastating disease. When he was first diagnosed with "dementia" I, like so many others, did not know what that really meant. I knew it impacted memory, and had even heard people talk about their loved ones not recognizing them. But I did not understand the journey we were about to take or how few people understood the disease - including medical personnel and facilities that put Memory Care in their name.
I've learned a lot in the last 7 years - some of it from first hand experiences, some from meeting people along the way that shared their knowledge and some from lots of research or mistakes I made while caring for my dad.
The Alzheimer’s Association assists in furthering research toward treatment and ultimately a cure for the disease. But some of their greater impact is in their work to educate family members and facilities about what to expect and what resources are available. They also work diligently on State and National legislative issues that impact Medical Care, Care Givers Assistance and other areas pertinent to the support of Alzheimer’s victims and their family members. I am proud to have joined this team as an Advocate so I too can have an impact by working with our Legislators.Alzheimer's is the only one of the Top 5 diseases that there is no treatment, no cure and to date has no survivors. There has been some significant progress, but right now there is still no real approved treatment for people like my dad. Contributions will allow for continued progress in research, education and legislation that will better support this cause.
I miss my dad every day. Even as he struggled with Late Stage Alzheimer's he still had the ability to reach for my hand and hold it tight, roll his eyes when things weren't going the way he wanted or tap his foot to the music he enjoyed listening to. It is said that you loose your loved one twice when they have Alzheimer's. Once when their personality slowly changes or they cannot speak, or walk and then again when their body finally gives out.
I am optimistic that with your help we find a treatment and will someday see the first survivors.
Please consider joining me and supporting this cause. Any amount is so appreciated!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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