Why I Walk Wednesday with Ashby Franklin

I had never heard the word Alzheimer’s when I was growing up. In my community, people usually lived to a ripe old age, unless they had something like cancer. My first experience with this disease was about 30 years ago when my grandmother began failing. Her mind could not communicate what her body needed toContinue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Ashby Franklin”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Miranda Rodriguez

I walk for my Grandma Watson. As Community Liaison at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community in Virginia Beach, I witness the sadness of Alzheimer’s regularly. Wife of over 65 years, Mother of 7, grandmother of 14, Great Grandmother of 18 and Great Great Grandmother of 2, Grandma Watson has always been the gate keeper of familyContinue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Miranda Rodriguez”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Jennifer Chavez

Everywhere I go, I run into people who have a personal connection with Alzheimer’s disease. While I am certainly more aware of the disease these days having now been employed with the Alzheimer’s Association going on 7 years, it wasn’t always this way. I’ve always had an affinity towards seniors as my own maternal grandmother;Continue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Jennifer Chavez”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Jennie Thomas

I walk in remembrance of Patricia Scott, or to whom I called “Nanny”. For as long as I can remember who was a funny, cheerful, a gardening loving grandmother, who loved to spoil her grandchildren. When I was in elementary school my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which took all of those qualities awayContinue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Jennie Thomas”

The ENGAGE Study

“Do you know someone who has memory problems or trouble thinking clearly? If so, you may be interested in the clinical research study called the ENGAGE Study. The ENGAGE Study is looking at the efficacy and safety of an investigational medication in people experiencing symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease, such as problems with memory orContinue reading “The ENGAGE Study”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Casey Bartley

I walk for all those who can’t and for those who can’t speak and for those who before long will find out their loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and I especially WALK for one beautiful woman in particular, my mom Doris May. In May 2014, my sweet mama was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.Continue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Casey Bartley”

Facts & Figures 2015 – Mortality and Morbidity

Alzheimer’s disease is officially listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It is the fifth leading cause of death for those age 65 and older. However, it may cause even more deaths than official sources recognize. Alzheimer’s is also a leading cause of disability and poor health (morbidity). Before a person with Alzheimer’s dies, he or she lives through years ofContinue reading “Facts & Figures 2015 – Mortality and Morbidity”

Why I Walk Wednesday with Lois Swersky Saunders

Lawrence Swersky, a brave and courageous WWII patriot, survived hand to hand combat in New Guinea.  He spent a year in a Army hospital healing from malaria and jungle rot.  He never complained,  even when the jungle rot (a parasite in the blood), a lifetime WWII souvenir attacked him every summer.  To him it wasContinue reading “Why I Walk Wednesday with Lois Swersky Saunders”