“I am an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association because Alzheimer’s disease threatens the future of my family. It has already touched our lives indelibly. My husband’s dad died of Alzheimer’s in 1999 at the age of 78. His dementia-related care over the last six years of his life cost more than half a million dollars. An uncle and aunt have also died of Alzheimer’s and another aunt and uncle are currently in nursing homes with dementia care units. In March more than 800 people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers and advocates from across the nation will gather in Washington DC for the 27th annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum. We will engage in the democratic process and appeal to members of Congress for action on Alzheimer’s disease.”