Alzheimer's disease has touched many lives: an estimated 5.1 million adults in the United States has the neurological disease, according to the
Your mother suffered from Alzheimer's disease. What did that experience teach you about Alzheimer's disease and how has that shaped your advocacy for Alzheimer's disease awareness?
Hector: When my mother, as well as her four sisters, had Alzheimer’s disease, we were truly in the dark ages. No one spoke about the disease. There weren’t support services available like there are today. We really were alone—and we were overwhelmed. That experience taught me that you have to face a disease like this head-on. Having lived through the devastation with my mother and my father as a caregiver, I am doing my all to urge others to get assistance. People need to know everything they can about this disease so they can understand what to expect as it progresses. They need to find out about all the available resources so they don’t have to face this alone.
What advice could you give to sons and daughters out there who have parents with Alzheimer's disease?
Hector: My advice is pretty simple. Families need to pull together and work together. It’s important to, if you will, share the care and also to reach out to help to national and local resources.