I became involved with the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter eight years ago when my mother, at age 72 was first diagnosed by her physician with early-onset Alzheimer’s. I immediately began volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association both to help myself help Mom and to help others going through a similar caregiver journey with their loved ones. Alzheimer’s is a horrible, frightening disease to those afflicted with it as well as their loved ones. Through the Alzheimer’s Association, I have developed a wonderful support system and network including volunteers, support groups, friends and others I have met going through similar journeys. Since Mom’s first diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, I have learned patience and compassion, coping strategies for myself and others as caregivers, and how to focus more on being in the present moment. I have also learned to be kinder and gentler to myself as I venture on this journey of uncharted territory, learning from mistakes I’ve made. I am honored to be able to hold Mom’s hand as we continue through this journey together.
There is a history of Alzheimer’s disease in my family. While I am fearful that I, too, may develop Alzheimer’s disease, I am hopeful that one day it will be a preventable and reversible disease.
That’s why I’m part of the campaign to ultimately put an end to Alzheimer’s disease.