I became acutely aware of the seriousness of Alzheimer’s disease in 2003, when I began helping clients and their families as the director of an Assisted Living and Memory Support Unit. Although I had been a registered nurse for more than 25 years, it wasn’t until I recognized time and again how heart-wrenching it was when my residents in the facility could not recognize their children, how painful it was for those children to watch the effects of this debilitating disease, that I realized what an overwhelming issue this is for our society.
From that point forward, I’ve taken every opportunity to work closely with adult children to educate them about the disease process. My personal goal is to be as empathetic and sensitive as possible as I help families with their journey and with what lies ahead. Since working at that facility years ago, I have been volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association and striving to gain as much knowledge as possible about Alzheimer’s.
Today, as senior vice president of care at Lean On We, I help families keep their loved ones at home, even with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We do this by helping them hire experienced, highly recommended caregivers to work privately and affordably.
As a compassionate, caring mom, wife, daughter, sister and nurse, I want to do anything possible to end Alzheimer’s disease. We must focus on finding a cure in our lifetime, for the future of our children and their children.
Thank you for selecting me as a Women’s Champion who is part of a group of empowered women in the Hudson Valley committed to fighting Alzheimer's. It is a true honor for me, and I am delighted to accept your nomination.