2013 came to an enjoyable close. Our Early-Stage Alzheimer’s support group gathered together after Christmas at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha for dinner followed by a drive through their magnificent Holiday Lights display. My husband, Dan, and I were thrilled that our son and his family were able to join us for this special dinner. It was a great opportunity for them to finally meet our Early-Stage friends before they headed back home to Chicago.
Once again our Group shared their holiday tales, hugged, laughed and enjoyed each others company. What a blessing that we all met each other – thanks to the monthly meetings held at the Alzheimer’s Association. I cannot imagine how lost my husband and I would be without the comfort and sharing from the wonderful friends that we have made in the Early- Stage Group.
Yes. There is strength in numbers. And the Group continues to grow as more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. And with the growth in numbers comes the demand for additional services, more funding for research and increased awareness.
Do something meaningful in 2014. Support the Alzheimer’s Association so the programs for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s may continue. If you have the disease, offer to become involved in a clinical trial at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Wisconsin.
2014 brings new challenges and renewed hope. Let’s find a cure.
~ Barbara Cheek Johnson is a journalist living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease ~