The Alzheimer's Association joins the world in mourning the loss of former President Ronald Reagan.
We are proud of our long partnership with President and Mrs. Nancy Reagan, starting in 1983 when the president designated November as National Alzheimer's Disease Month and continuing through the creation of the Alzheimer's Association's Ronald and Nancy Reagan research Institute in 1995.
In large part because of President Reagan, there has been enormous progress in Alzheimer's research- 95 percent of what we know we discovered during the past 15 years - and there is real potential for major breakthroughs in the next decade. Baby boomers could be the first generation to face a future without Alzheimer's disease - if we act now to achieve breakthroughs in science.
We are grateful for President and Mrs. Reagan's courage and generosity in working to increase public awareness of this terrible disease, and of the need for support for families and for accelerated research for effective treatments, preventions and a cure.
We also are honored that the Reagan family has designated the Alzheimer's Association as one of the organizations they recommend to receive contributions in his name. Those who wish to donate to the Alzheimer's Association family support services in the Augusta area, or to the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute, may call (800) 272-3900 or visit www.alz.org.
A fitting tribute to the life and legacy of President Reagan would be to join with the Alzheimer's Association to create a world without Alzheimer's disease. It is within our reach.
(Editor's note: The writer is program director of the Alzheimer's Association's Georgia Chapter regional office in Augusta.)