Support for people coping with Alzheimer's

02/24/2014 11:02 AM

02/24/2014 11:25 AM

Re "Couple's future in tearful turmoil after diagnosis of younger onset Alzheimer's" (Page A1, Feb. 23): Thanks for your story about Tracy Broshar and Jennifer Small, whose lives have been changed by Jennifer's Alzheimer's diagnosis. I'm inspired by the resilience of their love through the progression of this heartbreaking disease.

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only top 10 cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. Sadly, the stigma and misinformation associated with Alzheimer's is still prevalent. The Sacramento Bee is performing a public service by shedding light on the real experiences behind these alarming statistics. Families affected by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia should know they are not alone. I encourage them to reach out to the Alzheimer's Association for support at our Helpline 800.272.3900 or online at

-- Michelle Johnston, Alzheimer's Association regional director, Sacramento

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