I am honored to be nominated to the Class of 2017 Women's Champions. I am a Respite Care Manager at North Central Area Agency on Aging where I provide care planning for short-term breaks to caregivers under the Connecticut Statewide Respite Care Program.
Research shows that most caregivers need help understanding what options are available and need help finding time for themselves. Providing care for someone with Alzheimer's disease can be stressful, overwhelming and at times a financial burden. My primary role is to alleviate some of the stress associated with providing care, general guidance and support. I take great pride in providing support to caregivers in the efforts to keep their loved ones safely at home. Being a caregiver to someone that has Alzheimer's is a thankless job, these individuals are among the strongest people I have ever met. So much love, dedication, and a significant amount of their life goes into taking care of their loved one that I am proud to be there when they need it the most.
As a champion, I am glad to be among those that have made a commitment to continue to fight until we live in a world with Alzheimer's.