Washington DC – Sunday, March 31, 2019

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In Dallas, the long day began early at Love Field, it ended at Regan Airport

in Washington DC. The fall like chill didn't diminish the rows of white cherry and tulip trees alive with spring blooms next to dashing yellow forsythia bushes.

To the Forum:

It was an easy metro ride from Regan airport to.the Wardmark Marriott. Take a note here. Three young girls from Texas put away their smart phones to follow two silver haired Texas volunteers with a paper metro map. GPS wasn't an asset for following metro routs.

In no time after arrival, meetings blossomed before us. All geared to pump us up to face the task in front of us over the next 2 days.

The early evening event was a roll call of states that highlighted the 2018 accomplishments of volunteers from each state and the District of Columbia. Inspiration for 2019 and beyond.

The evening ended with dinner at Lilli's. An opportunity to meet other Texas volunteers and discuss new ideas.

Monday April 1, 2019

A pleasant phone alarm went off at 6:00 AM to start the day. After outfits flashing just the right amount of purple were selected it was time for breakfast with over1200, other volunteers.

The focus of the Forum was Younger-Onset. A panel of doctors, Dr. Eric McDade, Dr. Maria Carrillo, Dr. Liana Apostolova and Dr. Eliezer Masilah all explained research progress.

Next, an interview with the Blough family brought meaning to challenges facing Younger-Onset patients and families. Problems begin with a drastic change in income, children leave college to help at home. Not to diminish new emotional issues.

The rest of the day was spent in breakout training session and individual state caucuses to prepare for visits to Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

The evening dinner was highlighted with speakers and awards.

Tuesday April 21  2019

Another early morning which included packing for the trip home and leaving

the hotel. Depending on appointments buses left the hotel for Capitol Hill at
8:00 AM.

From 9:00 AM until about 4:00 PM the Hill was awash in purple. In the cafeterias, tunnels, hallways, from building to building purple AIM sashes seemed to be everywhere. Good walking shoes were mandatory.

We all had appointments. If representatives were not available we met with legislative assistants. The job in hand was to encourage their interest and involvement to support upcoming bills and appropriations related to Alzheimer's and dementia.

See the legislation tab for updates on what's happening.

Between 4:30 & 5:00 PM it was a purple rush for airports. Our North Texas group left for Reagan International. Each year at the entrance President Reagan's statue wears its own purple sash.

Wednesday April 3, 2019

Back home and time to follow up.