Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Early-onset Alzheimer’s affects people younger than age 65. Up to 5% of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s have younger-onset.
My husband slowly started showing symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s after having a silent stroke at the age of 47. Eight years later, and after numerous visits to various primary physicians, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, neurologist, and neuro-psychologists, he finally received official diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 55.
As a full-time caregiver, I painfully watch my husband go through silent and slow death of his brain one cell at the time. The stigma in our community, lack of funding, lack of support, loss of independence, loss of income and fear of isolation make the caregiver’s job unbearable.
Please help our local Alzheimer’s organizations by promoting Alzheimer’s awareness, and raising funds for research.
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Please contact Rep. Devin Nunes and ask him to support increased funding for Alzheimer’s research and to co-sponsor the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act.