A message from my dad Rick, who finds inspiration from all of the research coming out of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference:
The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease 2012 (AAIC), the world’s leading forum on dementia research, just came to a close. I had the pleasure of attending this impressive conference a few years ago when it was held in Chicago. Why would someone like me, not at all associated with the world of medical research, want to attend such a conference or even care about the outcomes?
Simple: I have two lovely, talented and extremely capable daughters who can never go for a month without worrying or being concerned about whether one of them will contract this disease.
They have just reached or will soon reach the age of 40 and that is not too far from the age of their mother when we first started to notice symptoms of her decline into the dark and dismal world that is Alzheimer’s. My wife Suzie was only 51 years old when we first received her diagnosis; she died from the disease 10 years later at age 61. She attended her oldest daughter’s wedding, but didn’t really seem to understand what was happening. She never saw her grandchildren. I was reminded by my daughter recently at a family gathering that the possibility of Alzheimer’s in her life is always present in her thoughts. She said to me “When I reach 50, you will be 75 and we should throw a really big party for both of us… if I don’t have Alzheimer’s!” How sad and how frightening is that? Continue reading “Research news drives dad to Walk to End Alzheimer’s” »