It is fitting to pay tribute to Pat Summitt, who not only reached the summit in coaching women’s college basketball, but also in playing a leading role in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Since her diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s in 2012, she established the Pat Summitt Foundation, which is dedicated to prevention, treatment and services for Alzheimer patients and their families. Thank you, Coach Summitt! And thanks to all the organizations and people who are leading the fight to end this disease.

The Advocate has made an important contribution by printing the column, Alzheimer’s Q&A, on Mondays in the EatPlayLive section. Not many newspapers include such a column on this disease, and yet every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease.

The column also includes a great resource contact, Dana Torrito, director of services at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, who can help answer questions about Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder at advice@alzbr.org. Another resource is the website at the Louisiana Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/louisiana.

Kathleen Welch

ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association

New Orleans