I am honored to be included in the Women's Campaign and devoted to making a difference. Unlike so many of my fellow women champions I have not experienced the suffering of a loved one with dementia, but as an industry professional who works closely with patients and their caregivers, I have become both professionally and emotionally engaged in this fight. My interest and dedication to the Alzheimer's Association began as I witnessed first-hand how the disease robbed these individuals, as well as their loved ones, of a normal and fulfilling life full of memories. It became a personal challenge to help our clients live with dignity, respect and an understanding of how to cope with a "new normal".
I have sat on the Walk Committee for New Milford for the last few years. I participated in the education of staff members at various Assisted Living Communities to focus on care and services as each member touched the lives of our clients. As I joined Visiting Angels I recognized the need to create an Activities Program so that our care givers can engage and entertain those we care for in their own homes.
There is a quote by Maya Angelou that I live by each day:
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
It is for all these reasons that I have become part of the movement to end the disease and to share in the vision - A world without Alzheimer's.