At the age of nineteen I got a job as a nurse's aide at a local nursing home. Back then, I didn't yet understand what dementia was, but I did recognize that many of the people I was caring for, had difficulty remembering. This was my first experience with dementia and it impacted me to the point that eventually, I became a nurse. For over 30 years, I have been working with individuals who have dementia and the people who care for them.
I have seen the toll this disease can take, but I also continue to be amazed at the courage and resilience of so many who are affected by Alzheimer's and other related dementias. It is in memory and in honor of all those I've known through the years that I'm proud to join the Women's Champions in the fight to end Alzheimer's.