Alzheimers

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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 in the characters' voices.
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Colette Cassidy's Mom with her youngest child several years ago. Her family was already seeing memory problems and increased anxiety, but never dreamed it was Alzheimer's.
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Note: this is first in a series of posts about women and Alzheimer's
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A few weeks ago, I was sitting at the table at the Alzheimer's Association annual Gala. Through humor and stories, emcee David Hyde Pierce steered a cadre of Alzheimer's advocates sharing statistics, pleas for more research funds, and even Alzheimer's protest songs.
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