Today I had lunch with a friend and we spent time talking about all the issues we are dealing with on a daily basis. His mother has Alzheimer's disease and the challenges of losing the ability to spend time with his mom were weighing heavily on him. He said he was living the "long goodbye." He longs to be able to have a quiet conversation with her the way he used to but that time is past for them. There is an inherrant longing when that happens to you. A longing for all the times you took for granted. The times when you shared a memory or a smile with someone you loved.
Alzheimer's disease is reaching epedemic proportions and it is imperative that we dedicate our resources to finding a cure for this dreaded disease. We need the combined talent and treasure of our country to fund research to find treatments and end the disease. We have seen it happen with so many other diseases that we know it is possible.
We both agreed that we need to do everything in our power to make sure that our friends, community and country are more aware of the disease and enlist their support to find the cure.