My mother was my rock for nearly four decades, and then Alzheimer’s crashed into our lives with a vengeance. She fought this relentless disease for a decade until it took her from us on December 15, 2012, just two months after she turn 76.
Like most, our story unfolded as I never could have imagined. Today, my passion in life is fighting Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and helping other caregivers navigate this long and winding road. The thought that my mom’s suffering was all for naught is unbearable, so my work in this space helps bring purpose to an otherwise inexplicable situation. I’d love for you to follow along, and feel free to let me know if there are particular topics you’re interested in.
As a freelance writer and creator/curator of The Long and Winding Road: An Alzheimer’s Journey and Beyond, Ann Napoletan uses her personal experience to help others touched by this disease. Having lost her mother in 2012 following a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s, she is a passionate advocate and seeks to educate the masses.
Ann is a founding moderator of the USAgainstAlzheimer’s Facebook Support Group and founder of Marilyn’s Legacy: A World Without Alzheimer’s, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. She has written for Caregivers.com, Alzheimers.net, and has contributed content to many other blogs. In addition, she has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias and Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers. Ann is also a non-clergy founding member of ClergyAgainstAlzheimer’s.
Ann graduated with honors from Franklin University with a degree in Business Administration and works as a finance professional for a non-profit provider of affordable housing for the elderly and other vulnerable populations. Her interests include writing, photography, reading, gardening, birding, and travel. She looks forward to a second career in eldercare and dementia advocacy.
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