My mother-in-law has had Alzheimer's for about 10 years. Once a very strong, vibrant and intelligent woman, she has had the life taken out of her by this disease, and it is very painful to watch -- even more difficult for my husband.
The youngest of my three kids, Maggie Shanus, has risen to the occasion. She started a club at Rye Country Day School to create awareness and has also started her own team and walked to raise a lot of money for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Still only 17, she has been quite an inspiration to me; it is remarkable what she has done to step up to the plate.
We both went to the forum in Washington, D.C., in April, and I chaired an event at Brae Burn Country Club on Nov. 3 featuring a speaker, vendors and card games.
We are trying to make a difference!