High School student fights for generations to come

Historically, Alzheimer’s disease has been viewed as an ‘elder issue’. A worry that only occupies the minds of older adults. Something for you to worry about much later in life. To some, that might still be true. But this disease has been concerning those much younger recently as well. Of course everyone has a different […]

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It Takes a Village

We’ve all heard the phrase. The timeless adage is tossed around a lot. For Berkley Stafford, though, it’s an aphorism that truly hits home — and the office and the sidewalk. In 2017, the CEO of Emerald Isle’s TransImpact launched a company initiative to leave the world a better place. Aided by like-minded employees, Impact1 […]

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Family in Search of Rainbow in the Midst of Dementia ‘Storm’

“Change is the only constant in our lives, and we are learning to adapt daily,” shares daughter Reena and wife Varsha Isharani of Greensboro, North Carolina.  Their father/husband, Jay, was diagnosed with dementia in 2017.  “While we may make the weekly schedule each Sunday night, we know that any day could turn out to be […]

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Cooking Up a Recipe for Hope After Alzheimer’s

Some of North Carolinian Wendy Russell’s earliest memories involve her mama Gwendolyn in the kitchen. “When we were preschoolers, every Easter she would bake this rabbit cake with jelly beans for eyes, black licorice candy for whiskers and a white coconut body,” remembers Wendy. She also baked cinnamon rolls from scratch that would be requested […]

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Alzheimer’s Changes the Picture for One North Carolina Family

Artistic, articulate and adventuresome – these are the words that Karen Strickland of Asheville, believes best describe her mother Carol McKnight. Prior to moving to Asheville, Karen and her brother Michael were born and raised in southern California.   “Due to difficult circumstances with my father, mom rescued my brother and me,” shared Karen. “She’s my […]

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Grandson Continues a Legacy of Involvement

From one to five years old, Raleigh resident Tedrick Kelly spent his days with his grandmother, Francine Johnson, as his parents worked. Active in her church, Johnson would take Kelly along as she volunteered visiting the sick in her congregation and helping the community. The rest of their days would be filled with wonderful memories […]

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Prospective Volunteers Invited to Interest Party for The Longest Day

“The Longest Day Committee has been a truly wonderful experience for me. The time and commitment from all on the committee gives me a certain pride that we are all committed to helping raise funds to fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementia. If we continue together we can provide hope that one day there may […]

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Upcoming webinar to discuss newest treatment for Alzheimer’s

You may have heard in the news recently about a new Alzheimer’s treatment. Although current medications cannot cure Alzheimer’s, one treatment addresses the underlying biology. Other medications may help lessen symptoms, such as memory loss and confusion. This new treatment, called Aducanumab, is the first therapy to demonstrate that removing amyloid, one of the hallmarks […]

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Iredell County Caregiver Finds Connection Through Walk Community

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or caring for someone with the diagnosis, can often be an isolating experience. This past year and a half of pandemic living has only increased this sense of isolation. Caregivers are looking for ways to connect in new and creative ways. Sometimes that takes the form of virtual support groups. […]

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Advocacy in North Carolina Continues Through Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly kicked off their 2021-2022 legislative session in January.  COVID-19 took a dominant focus early on, as needs for personal protective equipment, mask usage, and vaccinations took a prominent position in policy work impacting seniors, and families with a loved one in long term care communities.  The Alzheimer’s Association provided needed […]

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