Winter 2012 Update
Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center: A Message from Kate Walker
The holidays bring up many memories - some joyful and some difficult. I am reminded of a man I loved who wanted to live to be 100 and purposefully led a life to achieve that goal. He would have had he not succumbed to Alzheimer's disease at the age 81 in 2006.
Caring for Lee the last eight years of his life was a 24-7 job. There were not many resources for support in Salem at that time. Thankfully, Lee and I met Joe Quinn, M.D. at the Portland VA Hospital and Lee became a participant in a research study. I write to share why your support of the OHSU Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center is so important.
The Layton Center gave us a place where we were understood, respected and deeply appreciated for our willingness to participate in these studies that lead to a greater understanding of this complex disease. Participating in research was a wonderful way to give back to our community and even our world and we encouraged others to do the same.
There are so many lives at stake including, nearly 80,000 in Oregon with Alzheimer's. This number is expected to increase drastically over time. We simply must do all we can to stop the devastation this disease brings to so many families in Oregon and beyond.
As an Alumni Advisor for the Layton Center my memories help guide them on how best to serve the families of people with Alzheimer's and related dementias. We urgently need both a cure and resources for educate and support of those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
Please renew our hope of finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease with a gift to the OHSU Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center today. Thank you for giving us your consideration at this special time of the year.
(in memory of my husband, Lee)