My husband was a statistical anomaly; diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 50. I was 43, and the next six years of our life together were unimaginable: heart breaking and ultimately life-affirming at the same time. He died five years ago, one month short of his 56th birthday. He had been in long-term care for only a year at an innovative dementia care facility.
My mother, also with Alzheimer's, was also here for a year. After 25 years in higher education fundraising, I have marked my first year in development and communications at the Alzheimer's Resource Center, a regional center for dementia care education, training, consulting and healthcare. I have brought my passion and personal experience to this effort, and hope to make a real difference to families living with Alzheimer's.