Friday, March 25, 2011

Friends for Life

Patty and I have been friends forever!
We grew up across the street from each other.
I look at the photo on top, taken earlier this month on my 60th birthday,
and I see my mother's smile on my face.
 I see Patty's dad's smile on her face. 

Earlier this week, Patty's dad, a dear, sweet gentleman and a good Christian, 
 lost his battle with Alzheimer's. 
My mom lost her battle with Alzheimers four years ago.
It has been a difficult week for Patty and me.

The following information was recently released by the Alzheimers Association:

An estimated 5.4 million American's have Alzheimer's disease. Another American develops Alzheimer's disease every 69 seconds.
In 2010, 14.9 million family and friends provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's to American society will total $183 billion in 2011. Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 66 percent between 2000 and 2008, and Alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.

Please find the full report, fact sheet, and information specific to your state at

Federal Budget Update
As you have probably seen in the news, leaders of the House of Representatives and Senate have yet to agree upon a budget to fund the Federal Government for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year. As things stand right now, none of our key Alzheimer's priorities have been cut in the negotiations. However, the Public Policy office continues to closely monitor budget activity on behalf of the Alzheimer's community to ensure that critical research and care programs remain in place.

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