Facing Alzheimer's: A Personal Story

There is simply too much defeatism around this disease. It is time to stand up and fight. There have been tremendous scientific advances in understanding Alzheimer's in recent years, and there are now scores of drugs being tested to treat and even cure it. After so many years of despair, there is hope on the horizon.

Getting your DNA tested for Alzheimer's is one sure way to become an activist. It's one way to fight. It certainly isn't for everyone, and you should only do it if you believe it is good for your health and your family. But think for a moment: Millions of you will get this disease. Why sit around in fear and denial waiting for it, wishing for a cure? Why not get involved?

Wednesday on "Nightline," I shared with you the results of my test as part of our coverage of the release of a National Alzheimer's Strategic Action Plan by the National Alzheimer's Study Group. CLICK HERE to watch the report.

For more information, CLICK HERE to visit the Geoffrey Beene Alzheimer's Initiative.

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