The Shriver Report – A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s

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A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's
To Honor My Father
We felt powerless, and we were powerless. Though I was a United States Senator, though I could get the highest levels of the National Institutes of Health on the phone, though I could have a Nobel Prize-winner from Johns Hopkins return my call, I could not help my father. No one knew how to slow or stop the course of this terrible disease.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's
Increasing Our Investment
Effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are tantalizingly within our grasp. Unfortunately, however, while the number of Alzheimer cases has continued to climb, funding has been flat over the past five years and research is underfunded. For every dollar the federal government spends today on the costs of Alzheimer care, it invests less than a penny in research to find a cure.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's
“Your Mom’s Not What She Was”
My mother had always been a fighter. She fought to get us everything: the best schools, piano lessons, a house at the shore in summer, college, everything. Our hopes were her pride. But by the time all our hopes and dreams had come true and she could have enjoyed the success of her kids, she had lost even the ability to tell time.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's
Professional Caregiver
To get by on bad days, I pray for more patience, because you never know if Alzheimer’s could happen to you, and you will be the one who needs someone patient to care for you.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's
She Was the Love of My Life
The disease took her mind away. She never really understood I was becoming a professional player and what that meant. She never understood that she didn’t have to buy me clothes anymore and put them on layaway. I don’t even know if she understood that I owe my life and success to her.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's
Really Early Onset
I had it all: a loving family, a great network of friends and a successful career. So you can imagine my shock when the neurologist told me I had “probable Alzheimer’s disease.” That was a defining moment that changed my life forever.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's
A Medical Marathon
I used to think I knew what there was to know about Alzheimer’s disease: memory loss. But even if I knew it all, nothing could have prepared me for what I’ve learned about Alzheimer’s from the inside.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's
Emotional Roller Coaster
I was calm when I heard the diagnosis from the staff sitting around the table at the University of California, San Diego, Alzheimer’s Center. It was no surprise. My husband Ben was a very healthy 84-year-old in 2005, but his mind had been slipping away for several years. In the back of my own mind, I dread what lay ahead.  → Read More
A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimer's
“We Didn’t Know Then What We Know Now”
Today, she would be diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease, since she was only in her 50s. But this was the 1970s. We didn’t know then what we know now. Very few people had heard of Alzheimer’s disease, and it was often misdiagnosed. Patients would be over-medicated and some even sent to mental institutions.  → Read More
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