This is a big deal for me. I can't imagine anything more painful than watching a person you love, mentally whither away to nothingness. It is actually one of my greatest fears. Alzheimer's disease and dementia are growing problems, especially for the elderly in minority populations. Early detection is key(meds work best early on) and the more time and money you have to care for a loved one, the better their quality of life is during their decline and regression. Minorities often don't know about prevention efforts or meds(or have the money to pay for them) and most minority families don't have the resources and time available to them to effectively cope with their loved ones' condition. Inequality, deals them yet another blow, and additionally, traditional minority cultural elder classifications make dealing with the situation even harder.
Our elders helped to bring us into the world and they deserve better. Minorities act as the foundation of our collective history, our multicultural workforce, and our emerging melded national soul. It is unthinkable, that in a time of need, we are simply willing to let fellow Americans suffer such a great dishonor. Speaking of equality is mute unless everyone is treated equally. We only dishonor ourselves as Americans by allowing this disparity to happen, and we tarnish our legacy and jeopardize our future by blindly standing by while large portions of our population are relegated to obscurity to quietly die a silent death, memories slowly fading from minds that helped shape our lives.