Please help us raise money to end Alzheimer's Disease
Peter and I are riding in the 25th annual Ride to End Alzheimer's.
It was started by a single family and like so many things, the power of community helped it grow.
You all know my personal story - my proud smart, strong, willful and independent mother was diagnosed in her early 80s and after a long "discussion" moved from her beautiful upper west side apartment into assisted living, just a couple blocks - a short walk - from us in Arlington. It was great, she was on the main street, walked every day to Trader Joes and Walgreens and got her hair cut across the street.
Then she forgot to bring money, didn't understand money, brought some of her clothes to Walgreens to return them because she was afraid she hadn't paid, and one day, the manager of Trader Joes walked her back home in the freezing rain because she was clearly lost. I don't say this to embarrass her or taint her memory - its the disease - and we need to understand it.
What's your connection with Alzheimer's? Are you able to share it? Do you have the support you need to provide care?
The Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Chapter provides so much support including a help line staffed by trained volunteers that you can call for guidance and wonderful meet-ups to help you and your "person" retain community. They also are part of the HUGE effort to support the research into this disease and the work needed to help find that first survivor.
If you can help in our fundraiser, please do.
But MOSTLY, if you feel community, that you're not alone, and that your "person" is still who you loved and love, that's the main thing.
With love to you all