My mom, one of 15 children, 7 of whom have either passed away from or still suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, is the reason I have gotten involved in #ENDALZ. Alzheimer’s was a word I knew as a teenager with my grandmother, aunts and uncles having it. Never did I realize the effects of this disease on families until I started losing my best friend, my Mom, to it!
I made a choice through my own suffering to make a difference and be a voice for my mom. I made a choice to involve myself in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s along with my husband and two children to let them know we are not alone in “losing” grandma.
In my work as a professor of nursing, first at Capital Community College and now at UConn, I have utilized the expertise of the Connecticut Chapter to teach my nursing students about this disease and how best to communicate with this patient population, to maintain dignity. It has made a world of difference in their care for those with any form of dementia. In my work as a parish nurse for my faith community I have also utilized the Connecticut Chapter to educate our members about warning signs and also run a monthly support group.
I gladly accept this nomination. As women we have a voice and we can make a difference!