The Alzheimer’s Association extends its deepest sympathies to Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and the entire Warner family on the passing of his mother Marjorie Johnston Warner, who died Saturday, January 23, 2010 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.
In his distinguished career, Warner has paid homage to his mother by providing leadership on a number of areas important to Alzheimer families. As co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Warner has worked to bring Alzheimer issues to the forefront of the Congressional agenda, including research funding, care and supportive services.
Before becoming a Senator, Warned championed SeniorNavigator.com, an online portal and volunteer network, which provides Virginia families with health and aging resources, information, and tools. He also was instrumental in cofounding the Virginia Health Care Foundation, an organization created to improve access to health care and shore up local delivery systems for Virginia’s uninsured and underserved. Warner also served as the governor of Virginia from 2002-2006.
Currently there are 5.3 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers are closer than ever to developing accurate ways to diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s, but current Alzheimer funding is nowhere near what is necessary to achieve this goal. Learn more about how you can help by visiting www.alz.org
The Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org.