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I recently joined the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association – Minnesota / Dakotas Chapter. I am grateful and honored to be a part of a great team working together for a great cause.  

Growing up, I don’t recall knowing much about Alzheimer’s.  It was a word with very little impact in my life, and I presume many others can say the same.  With people living longer, and perhaps theories on diet and other contributing factors, Alzheimer’s is now affecting more people, at a greater rate, than ever before. 

The facts, figures, costs and impact to families, friends, caregivers and supporters is absolutely staggering.

Here are a some highlights that you may not know:

  1. 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.
  2.  Over 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.
  3. In 2022, Alzheimer's and other dementias will cost our nation $321 Billion and expected to rise to $1 Trillion by 2050.
  4. Over 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
  5. Deaths from heart disease from 2000-2019, have decreased 7%, while deaths from Alzheimer's have increased almost 150%.

I don’t intend to say this is the worst, I know there are a lot of terrible diseases. I try to show grace for everyone in their life with their challenges, obstacles, setbacks and in life overall. Adversity is a part of life that I choose to embrace and teach my kids. It’s how you react and respond to adversity that matters the most.

I will say, this disease, as illustrated in the points above, is becoming a bigger issue in our country and resonates closest to me. For over a decade, I have learned to understand its impact on an individual, caregiver and family first hand. My Mom, Karen Moe, passed away January 2, 2023 at 81 years old after battling this disease for 12 years.  During that time, my Dad, Tom Moe, who turned 84 in June, was the primary caregiver until about a year and a half ago when she moved into full memory care. My Mom is truly the most loving, kind, genuine, authentic, caring, selfless, thoughtful and the most down to earth person that I know. She consistently preached the simple things, and I try to live by them every day.

I sum it up in one sentence.  It’s the only disease that I’m aware of, that today, you can’t improve from and you perpetually declineThat element of helplessness is difficult to express.

This is why I feel so strongly about helping to educate and inform people about Alzheimer’s disease, raise money for a great cause and support efforts to eventually find a cure. These funds will allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support while accelerating critical research. It is a relentless pursuit. Daily.

In honor of my Mom, Karen Moe and all of those currently dealing with the effects of this disease, I’m participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

If you desire to participate or contribute, I would sincerely and greatly appreciate it but, please do not feel compelled to do so.    

I appreciate your consideration.


Tommy Moe


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