Re "Family history haunts two sisters" (Page A1, March 17): I applaud Debbie Long for speaking out about the Alzheimer's dilemma many families face when detection outpaces treatment. Although my family has been lucky enough to have been spared from the pain of seeing a loved one experience Alzheimer's, I have seen first-hand how coworkers, friends and neighbors increasingly balance caregiving responsibilities and coping with the idea that one day, they might develop this terrible disease.
An easy way to join the fight against this disease is to connect with the Alzheimer's Prevention Registry (www.endalznow.org), which aims to link healthy individuals with a vested interest in stopping Alzheimer's with researchers carrying out prevention efforts. I joined in honor of the many families who care for loved ones with Alzheimer's, without any fanfare. We need to continue to put a focus on stopping this devastating disease before another generation is lost.
-- Sara Townsend, Rio Linda
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