Before I Forget

Trish Vradenburg is a playwright, author, television writer and Alzheimer’s disease advocate. She and her husband, George, founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, with the goal of finding a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020.

Stepping into My Own Prime Time

For years I was a sitcom writer; my shows were always in prime time. I have been writing voices for Designing Women, Family Ties, Kate and Allie.  Yup, that’s me – except not really. They have been what Julia Sugarbaker would assert on her soapbox, what Alex Keaton would wisecrack to his way-too-liberal parents, what Kate would say supportively to Allie. I would give them lines, but they were never my voice. That’s the trick to writing for others on TV: you write …

I Am the Alzheimer’s Party

The Alzheimer’s Party. Haven’t heard of it?  Well, you ought to familiarize yourself with it; there is an election in less than three months and our existence may well depend on it. Is Alzheimer’s an atom bomb that will destroy us? Well, in a way, yes. And this is our chance to disarm it. Together, those with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them are a party of 20 million strong.  As the Alzheimer’s Party, we cannot be ignored. Are you older than …

Two Good men

It’s easy to pick Sargent Shriver out of a picture. The rule of thumb is this: if ninety-nine people look solemn and there is only one person smiling, that person is inevitably Sargent Shriver. And if those people in the picture could come alive for, say, ten minutes, you could come back and find ninety-nine more people smiling. So what does he know that the others don’t? He knew how to embrace the joy of life. In short, he was …

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM

This last weekend was my mom’s birthday.  She would have been 100 years old.  Or maybe 90.  It was hard to tell with her.  What my mom had told me when I was growing up was that she married at the young age of 18 – straight out of high school.  I had no reason to doubt it since she was my mom and, of course, she told the truth. When my Uncle Irving, a mean spirited, bitter man, was at a family event he …

The New National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s: Exclusive Q&A with George Vradenburg

Editor’s note: Last week, the Obama Administration released its final National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s. This is the first-ever national plan and road map against Alzheimer’s, and it includes a bold goal of stopping the disease by 2025 — marking the first time the federal government has adopted such a time frame. Trish’s husband, George Vradenburg, Chairman of the national campaign organization USAgainstAlzheimer’s, is a member of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, which was convened by HHS. The Council met over the past several months to offer input during the planning process, and provided the Administration and …

TEXAS IS BIG

 We’re on a crusade, and if it has the name Alzheimer’s attached to it, we’re there. Last week my husband, my BFF, Meryl Comer, and I went from DC to Big D, Dallas, Texas for the Alzheimer’s AWARE Luncheon.  I have never been to Texas and it seemed to me like a long way to travel for chicken salad, but that just shows my ignorance about the big state.  As it turned out, the whole event was elegant.  The Stetsons were big (particularly …