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Nothing quite scares me like the tho Of course, there are certain things I’d b Chief among them are my middle schoo experience. But as for the vast majority o to remember it all. Imagine losing the me saw your high school best friend, the firs Imagine that you vow to remember all t years later that are diagnosed with Alzhe longer have control over your memories.

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ought of not remembering my past. be quite happy to never think of again. ool wardrobe, braces, and first hangover of my life, there’s much that I would give emory of your first kiss, the last time you st time your puppy fell asleep in your lap. these details forever, and then imagine eimer’s disease. Try as you might, you no Let’s take control now, while we still can.

Julia Chang

ries of first loves to raise awareness sease. We invite you to experience mbering so others won’t forget.


first love

Christmas in the Philippines: Nochebuena, monito monita, karaoke, everyone is home, the city is drenched in lights, and fireworks are just around the corner. Kristen, San Francisco

Gymnastics! As soon as I could walk, all I wanted to do was flip, dip, roll and tie myself in knots. Becky, San Francisco

Love is infinite. Love is family. Love is a celebration. Stephanie, Portland

Best therapy. Mayie, Manila

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.

I’m lucky to be a twin. No matter where our lives may take us, Sabrina will always be my womb mate. My sister. My best friend. Brianna, Berkeley

My first love my was bike and in particular, laying down skids in the cul-de-sac with it. Brandon, San Francisco

My niece wont remember that I was there for her first birthday, but I will. Jon, Chicago

5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. 5.2 million age 65 and over, and 200,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. Another American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds. In 2050, an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

You’re never too old for a homemade lunch from dad. Vivian, Laguna Hills

Smooshees! Priscilla, San Francisco

Mon amour! Girija, Santa Clara

My first love will always be my favorite toy to play fetch. I will chase you down any day. Woof! Webster Jr., San Francisco

Ranma 1/2! I was best friends with each character. Kat, Manila

Puppy dog eyes. Kim, San Francisco

An estimated 800,000 individuals with Alzheimer’s (more than one in seven) live alone. Of those who live alone, up to half of them do not have an identifiable caregiver. People with Alzheimer’s and other dementias who live alone are exposed to higher risks – including inadequate self-care, malnutrition, untreated medical conditions, falls, wandering from home unattended, and accidental deaths – compared to those who do not live alone.

I used to watch the Grease movie over and over again as a kid. I danced along and knew every word! I love it to this day! Alli, San Francisco

Because of the love and guidance of my parents I chose to follow in their footsteps and dedicate my life to providing care for those in need. Gloria, South San Francisco

The unconditional affection between Chloe and Alfie is the kind of true love one can never forget! Sophia, Washington D.C.

My first love: books. In particular, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” Sarah, Oakland

Can’t remember the first time I had cheese... Emily, New York

My first love was a blue and yellow bicycle that my parents gave me for Christmas. David, San Francisco

Cookies and cream. It was love at first bite. Benna, San Francisco

Dumating din ang aking munting hiling. Thank you Lord. Dodit, Manila

Best knockoff Chanel sunglasses find ever in NYC! I lost them in college, and it broke my heart for over a month. Morgan, San Francisco

Easiest place to feel like a king. Nick, South San Francisco

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. Alzheimer’s is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression.

My best friend, through thick and thin. Yennie, San Francisco

I’m a true daddy’s girl. My first love was (and is) my dad. He could fix any problem and he would often sneak ice cream trips with me. Michelle, Los Angeles

Unless something is done, the costs of Alzheimer’s in 2050 are estimated to total $1.1 trillion. Costs to Medicare and Medicaid will increase nearly 500 percent.

Alzheimer's Association. 2012 Alzheimer's disease facts and figures. Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. March 2012; 8:131–168.

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A huge thank you to Becky Bartlett, Julia Chang, Denise Chan, and Women@Google San Francisco for bringing this book to life. And a special thank you to everyone that filled this book with their first love.



In February 2012, Big or Bigger set out to collect memories of first loves to be published in AVoid, a book to raise awareness and funding f...

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