If Alzheimer’s were a campaign issue

This morning, I opined on Twitter that if a political candidate endorsed full research to eliminate Alzheimer’s, I’d be all in regardless of what other positions s(he) held.

If there’s a more unjust illness, I’m not aware of it.

It also underscores the bedrock of American presidential campaigns: merciless trivia and boogeymen disguised as real issues.

Is it that hard to imagine a campaign in which actual non-polarizing issues could be part of the public debate?

No. It’s reality right now in Canada.

  • Paul

    One would just need to find a bible verse that can be misrepresented as being for or against it, then the Alzheimer’s debates would be on like donkey kong.

    Otherwise, being a mostly geriatric issue, it’d be a memento mori and no one likes being reminded they are going to die.

    • Kassie

      It wouldn’t be hard. If “full research” means using stem cells, there are people already out there fighting against it.

  • jon

    Canada, always ready to step in when American exceptionalism drops the ball.

    Need medication but can’t afford it? Cross the northern border and your half way there.
    Need a place to hide after your preferred candidates lost an election? Canada will take you in for a bit.
    Want to practice your French? Canada.

  • Anna

    Until you have had a family member suffer the indignities of Alzheimer’s you couldn’t possibly understand where Bob is coming from.

    My father literally worked himself sick taking care of my mother and landed in the hospital with life-threatening pneumonia due to the strain of 24/7 care. We finally ended up getting around the clock sitters until she finally died of the disease 2 years later.

    To watch a loved one slowly disappear before your very eyes is brutal, like Gary F says. You want to clap your hands in their face and say, “Snap out of it!’ but you know that is impossible so you wait for the end and hope it comes sooner rather than later.

    We were lucky. My mother’s illness only lasted 3 years. Some patients linger for more than a decade, requiring institutional care and eating up entire family legacies.

    The strain of caring for a loved one with the disease is even harder on the closest caregiver which is usually a spouse. Being a geriatric nurse, the devotion and love shown by the spouses of Alzheimer’s patients is what “for better, for worse” is truly all about.

    Let’s hope for a cure—and soon.