I walk to honor my mother who has sacrificed seven years to this disease.
I walk to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and to encourage people to speak more freely about this disease.
I walk to raise money to support the programs and services that the Alzheimer’s Association provides to families living with this disease.
I walk to raise money for Alzheimer’s research, believing that one day we will have a method for prevention or cure for this disease.
I walk for my children in the hopes that neither of them will lose a parent to this awful disease.
My Brain Matters – This movement to celebrate women’s brains is influenced and inspired by The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s. It calls on 1 million women to use their amazing brains to help wipe out Alzheimer’s disease. We need the power of each woman’s brain to help solve this problem — and to take action in the fight.
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In September, the Alzheimer’s Association launched I Have Alzheimer’s Disease, a new 23-page section of alz.org. This robust site offers information and tools to empower a growing group of individuals living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s or another dementia to live their best life for as long as possible.
“The Association obtained input from people living in the early stage of the disease, including members of our Early-Stage Advisory Group. We found that individuals in this stage need to do more than learn about the disease. They want to know how others have handled receiving a diagnosis and what they are doing to lead a fulfilling life,” said Monica Moreno, director, early-stage initiatives, Alzheimer’s Association. These Web pages are designed to do exactly that and more.
The sentiment underlying I Have Alzheimer’s is simple: You are not alone. The Web section provides information and insights from real people living with the disease to help their peers move past the feeling of isolation and on to planning, preparing and receiving support.
“There’s a lot of information to digest after diagnosis. Some aspects can be difficult and we encourage users to take their time and learn at their own pace,” Moreno said. As changes occur, new questions will come up. And we’re here to answer them.
To learn more, visit I Have Alzheimer’s at www.alz.org/IHaveAlz.
By Becki Sims
I want to take you by the hand.
I want you to come with me.
Come with me to a place where you can see how Alzheimer’s disease affects lives every day.