I have been working with individuals with various types of neurological disorders for over 20 years. When I started working in field of Alzheimer’s care, I knew that this was where I would truly be able to make a difference in people’s lives.
Life is a journey, and the Alzheimer’s journey is not an easy one to make. It is filled with perpetual obstacles, unanticipated difficulties, and unintended side trips. Like any arduous campaign, the Alzheimer’s journey is best traveled with the support of others, as we traverse the various challenges the disease presents at each turn. I see my position as a facilitator in this journey, assisting individuals and their friends and family members by guiding them as they navigate the various phases of the disease; a tour guide for the unwitting traveler.
It is for this role that I continue to expand my knowledge of the disease and its treatments, as well as expand the reach of knowledge to others, both within and outside the professional community, by volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association, conducting training sessions for health care professionals, and outreach sessions in the community. Education is currently one of our strongest weapons against Alzheimer’s disease and one of the greatest sources of education is the Alzheimer’s Association.
I consider myself fortunate to have worked with so many experienced and wonderful people in the Alzheimer’s community and am proud and honored to be named a 2017 Women’s Champion.