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A message from the Chapter President
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In this season of giving thanks for all of our many gifts, you might think it’s hard for people in the Alzheimer’s world to feel thankful. After all, Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death in the top 10 in the U.S. that can’t be prevented, stopped or even slowed.

But we do have much to be thankful for.

People like Tom and Peggy Misciagna of Manassas tell their story. Tom was with a federal agency for 25 years, traveling and living abroad to serve our nation. Tom held clearances, had excellent performance reviews and gave thousands of briefings. Until his last briefing when his “brain locked up and would not let him get his words out.” Tom sat there frozen, unable to say a single word.

Peggy had noticed that Tom was having a hard time paying bills. At the store he would forget things or call several times, even with a list. He went to a doctor and was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 57.

Despite this devastating diagnosis, Tom continues to show the determination that served him so well throughout his distinguished career. He has embraced clinical trials at Georgetown University as a way to stay informed on medical breakthroughs and give back. He and Peggy stay busy with daily activities that keep him mentally sharp – attending Alzheimer’s Association Memory Cafes for people in the early-stage of the disease to connect socially, singing in the Forgetful Friends Chorus, square dancing and bowling.

Families like the Misciagnas remind us that people living with Alzheimer’s are still living and should live well. Our job is to provide information and resources that make things a little easier. To share what we learn from others, banding our Alzheimer’s community together.

Every day we hear from families like yours who are facing dementia with strength and grace. Families whose fight is behind them, but they are still committed to helping make the path a little smoother for others. Companies with leaders who share their employees struggles and want to help however possible. Champions who are willing to share their Alzheimer’s story to ensure that others don’t struggle alone.

Thank you to Tom and Peggy for sharing their struggles and their triumphs. We applaud you and everyone facing this disease however you best can. Please know that we’re here for you 24/7/365 with our free Helpline (800-272-3900) and website. There you will find comprehensive information on everything from the 10 Warning Signs to diagnosis to planning to caregiver respite, as well as support groups and educational programs in your area.

This Thanksgiving, we’re grateful for community and progress and hope.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Chris Broullire
Chapter President


Alzheimer's Association

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