Alzheimer's disease, once a secret families tried to hide, is now out of the closet and onto the public plazas and streets.
With noisy pride, caregivers and families and friends of persons with this disease walked under a sunny sky today on Avenue of the Stars in Century City, raising money and awareness.
Among the 3-4,000 people, I found my friend Marnie Reid from Sunrise of Santa Monica and joined her contingent of about ten. Marnie was one of the kindest, most dedicated and perceptive persons caring for my mother while she was in the Reminiscence Neighborhood at Sunrise.
Families walked, all wearing t-shirts with the name or photo of a loved one who had died of Alzheimer's.
I was walking for my mother--but also for myself.