As a nurse and former nursing home administrator, I saw the toll this disease took on the individual and family members, emotionally , physically and financially. However, it was not until my mother was diagnosed that I experienced the full impact and heart break of this tragic disease. This came at a time when I was also a parent of young children. We call it the "sandwiched" generation and indeed that was how it felt, wedged between responsibilities for her care, emotional support for my father and the needs of my own young family and career demands. Support and resources were limited 20 years ago, but thankfully the Alzheimer's Association is here to help and I am honored to be able to support this organization. As an allied health educator, I will continue to increase awareness of the disease through education of health care providers, caregivers and community leaders. By volunteering with the Alzheimer's Association, we can ensure that resources are dedicated to research and the end to this disease.