**I love this picture of my mother. It was in June of this year, and by this time, she had begun to wear three blouses at a time. It makes me smile, and endears her condition to me just so much more.
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It's fitting that on my birthday today, I'm teaming up with Johnson&JohnsonParents, for a cause near to my heart, Alzheimer's, on September 21st, World Alzheimer's Day.
The closest I can come to feeling my mother is with me today, is to celebrate her. I'm missing her call this morning, the one that always began, "Feliz Cumpeanos, Mija!" She never missed our birthdays, all six of us, up until the last year of her life.
I'm proud to be part of Johnson&Johnson's campaign recognizing and bringing awareness to World Alzheimer's Day. I hope you'll click over to JNJParents, and share in a memory of my mother, from just this year.
Thank you so much. And for any of you caring for and loving on someone with Alzheimer's, your kindness and patience is something they feel, even if they can't find the words to tell you.
September 21st is recognized as World Alzheimer’s Day. A day of awareness and remembrance of all of those afflicted by this condition, which is currently said to be 5 million in the United States. But the people affected go beyond those that are suffering. In 2012, it was estimated that there were 15 million caregivers who logged 17 billion hours of unpaid care. For people like Alexandra Rosas, serving as a caregiver for her mother allowed her to see everyday life in a whole new light.