One for the Gipper

Published January 1, 2004

In life, President Ronald Reagan rose to the challenge of restoring economic freedom and hope at a time when the Cold War held a nation in fear of extinction and citizens in the grip of heavy taxation.

So too in death, Reagan’s legendary sense of optimism continues as an inspiration for millions of victims and families suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Reagans have worked with courage to increase awareness of this terrible brain disease. They have given generously for increased and accelerated research for effective treatments, preventions, and cure. Progress so far makes it likely baby boomers could be the first generation in history to escape Alzheimer’s.

The Reagan family has designated the Alzheimer’s Association to receive memorial contributions in his name. Those who wish to donate to the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute should call 1-800-272-3900 or log on to

The latest research indicates changes in lifestyle can help prevent Alzheimer’s: Eat a low fat diet, reduce your cholesterol, exercise, take a daily dose of vitamin E, load up on fruit and vegetables, get your head out of the TV and take up intellectual activities. Get out and socialize and stop smoking.

IT’S YOUR HEALTH is written by Conrad Meier, senior fellow in health policy at The Heartland Institute. This program is produced as a public service by Radio America. Meier passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 2005.