by: Trish Vradenburg on March 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »
My role in life has been to cancel my husband’s vote. George grew up in Colorado – God’s country as he calls it – where being a Republican is served with mother’s milk. I, on the other hand, was raised in New Jersey, the Garden State, populated with people who, after hearing both sides of every argument, chose to be Democrats.
And then we met each other and, well, somehow in the heat of passion I forgot to ask about party affiliation. Not that it would have been a deal breaker since I assumed that once we married I could break George’s silly habit of voting with the elephants. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
This was particularly mystifying since we generally share the same values.
But then we found our true purpose in life. In 2010 we started UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, a nonprofit devoted to stopping the progression of Alzheimer’s by 2020. This is what our goal is and we are making progress. And, happily, that goal has solved our split party problem as well.
Alzheimer’s disease is a problem expected to grow in the years ahead.
Now we are neither Democrats nor Republicans. Now we are The Alzheimer’s Party. Just as this disease is equal opportunity: Ds or Rs; rich or poor; male or female, African-American, Latino or white — we all are at risk.