Mary Kay Harrity
Alzheimer's disease touched our family in a profound way when my dad became ill. At the time, there wasn't even a possibility of a likely diagnosis of Alzheimer's. We all struggled trying to cope with devastating changes in my dad without knowing what exactly was happening or where to turn. It was terrible to see the toll the disease took on my mom as caregiver. As the disease progressed and the signs pointed more and more to Alzheimer's (although still not diagnosed), my mom found the CT Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Mom received much needed support from the local caregiver meetings. I became involved in the Association to give back to the organization, to help spread the word about the disease so people with Alzheimer's and their families don't have to "live in the dark" about it as my family did for too long, and to share the information that there are supportive resources available to them. Most of all, I'm involved to put a permanent end to Alzheimer's by contributing to the fight for more research towards prevention and a cure.