Thursday, March 30, 2017

Schuylkill County Woman Testifies on Capitol Hill on Challenges of Alzheimer's Disease

Screenshot from C-Span
On Wednesday, a Schuylkill County woman testified on Capitol Hill on the Challenges of Alzheimer's Disease.

Phyllis Gallagher, Frackville, has been active in the Alzheimer's Movement since her husband, John,  was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease at 50 year's old.  John is now 58 years old.

On Wednesday, Gallagher joined Maria Shriver, founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, to testify before the U.S. Senate Aging Committee about her experience caring for her husband.

Gallagher's testimony was to advocate for current and future victims and help congress learn about the challenges many families face when caring for someone with the disease.

At the end of her testimony, Gallagher received a standing ovation from the Committee.

Watch the video through C-SPAN below (Gallagher's testimony begins around the (1 Hour, 45 minutes into the video)

Gallagher had been attending the Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum since Sunday.  1,300 advocates from around the United States gathered in Washington D.C. to advocate for research, and care and support services.

"The whole conference was very empowering and emotional. I was at the Alz Forum since Sunday. The people I met were all there for Alzheimers! We all had a shared cause and shared experience. 1300 strong! It was truly amazing. I'm very humbled by the love and support from family friends and strangers." Gallagher said.

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