Updated: Jun 20, 2019
Pinkie Venus, Virgin Mary and Phyllis, I speak their names. My patients in my professional bedside nursing care who struggled with Alzheimer’s, I speak their names. My clients in my home care services, I speak their names. The first set of the names are my grandmother and my paternal grand aunts, who all passed away over the last three years, in 2017, 2018 and in 2019, from the debilitating effects of late stage Alzheimer’s. It’s not easy for me to cope with that reality as a nurse and former caregiver, especially for purposes of grieving, but I speak all of the names of my loved ones and clients, to remember and share their stories. Like them, there are hundreds of thousands of Georgians affected by progressive and fatal Alzheimer’s. Every 65 seconds someone in the US develops the disease. With each time-clicking moment, we are faced with this harsh reality. But there’s hope. That hope pushes me to advocate more and passionately work to get the support, studies and cosponsorship we need for our State in legislation and research for dementia. In light of the released 2019 Facts and Figures published by the Alzheimer’s Association, my position as an Ambassador, and the upcoming ABAM, Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in June, I would like to publicly express my gratitude for the Atlanta and DC Office Staff of Representative John Lewis for reassuring his legislative support for Alzheimer’s. I would also like to ask again for official co-sponsorship of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act, and of, the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, to ensure our district’s constituents get the resources necessary to combat the disease. Thank you for all of the tireless work you do for the State and our community, Congressman. To find out the latest updates for how to get more involved in advocacy for Alzheimer’s, please join the fight by visiting alzimpact.org.
Lauren R. Cummings, RN (Nurse ElleRose) Professional Registered Nurse Atlanta Resident Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter