Brittney lives in Louisville and was born and raised there. She is a geriatric psychologist in private practice. “My job involves helping older adults and their families cope with mental health concerns as well as dementia. I also do testing to help diagnose dementia and provide resources to patients and their families.”
How long have you volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association?
I first started volunteering in 2010 (when I was in graduate school) as a Team Captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
In what way do you volunteer?
I currently volunteer as a volunteer educator and a caregiver support group leader. I am thrilled to lead three caregiver support groups at various facilities in Louisville. I have also enjoyed being a guest speaker at some other caregiver support groups in town.
Why do you support the Association? (Has Alzheimer’s disease personally affected you? If so, how?)
My experiences with Alzheimer's disease began when I was 12 years old. My grandmother was just diagnosed, and I remember it was very scary for me at that time to see her forget who we were and then eventually stop communicating altogether. I remember wanting to help my dad as he was caring for her, but I wasn't quite sure what I could do to help. I love how much the Alzheimer's Association does to support families and those with the disease as they are navigating the journey. The Association also raises so much money for research and this brings me hope that someday there will be a cure.
What impact do you feel your work with the Alzheimer’s Association has on the community?
The Alzheimer's Association helps to shed some light on the process as families and those with the disease are struggling to find answers. I feel privileged to be able to educate people on the disease, offer support for caregivers, and help them to learn new strategies to care for their loved ones as well as new ways to cope with the stress they experience.
What else are you involved in within your community?
I lead a couple other caregiver support groups in town that are not through the Alzheimer's Association.
Why would you encourage others to support the Association?
The Alzheimer's Association does so much to support those with the disease and their families. It also helps to raise money for research for a cure. The more people that are involved, the more we can all help to find answers.