Ann Fowler Cruz
My first exposure to the Alzheimer's disease was in 2001, when my mom was diagnosed with the disease. I watched my mom go from a brilliant, articulate woman to a mere shell of herself. She struggled to put words together. She lost her ability to understand the newspaper she loved to read daily. For four years until her death, I supported my dad as he devoted himself to her care. For those four years, I spent what time I could, sitting with my mom or walking around the yard--whatever I could do to be with my mom in her world.
Since then, as an elder law attorney, I have devoted my practice to helping others navigate the myriad of legal issues related to the diagnosis. I strive to empower individuals living with the disease and their families, by providing them with accurate information and planning strategies. I am an advocate and a resource for those facing a new world with dementia. I share my stories of my mom and dad, in hopes that others will see that they are not alone in this journey. I am committed, both professionally and personally, to support those who have been touched by the disease and to help in the fight to end Alzheimer's.