This is the last in a series of guest posts about Alzheimer’s and caregiving as the #AlzAuthors Ending the Isolation of Alzheimer's campaign comes to a close. Throughout November, I partnered with four other authors of books about Alzheimer's to raise awareness of this horrific brain disease that affects 5.3 million Americans and each of their loved ones, and to honor their caregivers, both paid and unpaid, during Caregiver Appreciation Month. We also went on a crusade to increase awareness of the importance of annual memory screenings during National Memory Screening Week, November 1-7.
It has been a whirlwind 30 days of blogging, sharing on Facebook and tweeting our messages to a worldwide audience. With this last post I leave you with a message from Shannon Wiersbitzky, author of What Flowers Remember, a children's book that gently describes Alzheimer's. Shannon urges us to keep the conversation going, to speak out about our concerns and experiences, to let others know they are not alone in their Alzheimer’s journey, and to demand that leaders in government, medical research, and healthcare continue in their quest to find a cure.