Posted on March 14, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
HARTFORD – State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) was asked by the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter to participate in the organization’s annual Awareness Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Bolinsky gave a personal account of how the disease affects his life and the lives of the people he loves. “On Saturday, we celebrated my father’s 85th birthday. Dad looks great but, is not winning his fight with Alzheimer’s disease. Around the first of the year, I became a stranger to him and, just a couple weeks ago, he lost his memory of my mom, the person he’s shared life with for 62-years. The debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease are heartbreaking, especially for those closest to the person afflicted. It is important that family and friends also support caregivers so the care they provide does not destroy their own health and mental health. Respite care and time-away to spend a few hours out of the house can be a lifeline…a way to breathe and regather the strength to go on.”
“I remain optimistic that, as we continue to advocate for awareness and as research progresses, we may sometime soon see Alzheimer’s First Survivor – hopefully in my lifetime.”
Bolinsky regularly participates in events supporting advocacy and research of Alzheimer’s disease. On Sunday, September 30, 2018, he will be participating in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s on the campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Please join his team, create your own at ALZ.org or donate by clicking here.