Most have been touched by the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s. We have lost family and friends to the disease that snuffs the light in bright minds. For us, the first to lose their fight was a friend’s mom, way too young with a rapid onset. Most recently, it was my wife’s dad, who went from being a Gifted and passionate performer to a man locked in motionless silence for years. When he missed calling on her birthday, my wife knew his humorous attempts at covering his forgetfulness hid something deeper. I knew when he no longer remembered the words to his own gold Records as he played at our daughter’s graduation party.
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and over 15 million Americans are providing unpaid care and support. Worldwide, 50 million