I am a citizen journalist, writer, investor and caregiver.
I am the sole caregiver for my mother; she suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
Prior to moving to Delray Beach, Florida to take care of my mother I was CEO of a software development and marketing company based in Reston, Va.
I worked in several Wall Street firms, venture capital and as a private investor. The companies included: Bear Stearns, Daiwa Securities America, Spencer Trask, and Salem Partners.
My first career was in teaching at the University of Georgia and Philadelphia University. I have substantial corporate training, mentoring, and consulting experience.
I am the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room. The Alzheimer's Reading Room is the number one site on the Internet for current information, research, caregiver tools, and insight into Alzheimer's disease. The information is geared to baby boomers, caregivers, families, and those fighting Alzheimer's and dementia. As time goes on, I continue to broaden the content on the weblog to meet the needs of my growing and diverse audience.
Articles from the Alzheimer’s Reading Room can be read on major media sites like Reuters, the Chicago Sun Times properties, LifeStrong and hundreds of websites.
I learned a lot in the last five years while taking care of my mother. We try and investigate every alternative possible. We share all this information and our successes on the Alzheimer's Reading Room. A growing number of people are benefiting from this information. My goal is to inform and help as many people as possible. I respond to all emails.
You could say I am a happy caregiver. Don't be me wrong, it is trying and difficult. Caring brings me a feeling of accomplishment. The fact that my mother is home rather then in a "facility" is what keeps me going. This was my number one goal when I started. So far, "mission accomplished".
I have lots of advice to offer but the most important thing I learned is "I am not alone". I remind myself of this often. I want to thank all those wonderful people who helped me come to this realization. I believe this is the most important hurdle a caregiver must overcome to be successful, healthy, and able to deal with the many problems that occur each day.
About the Alzheimer’s Reading Room
The number one site on the Internet for current information, research, caregiver tools, and insight into Alzheimer's disease. The information is geared to baby boomers, caregivers, families, and those fighting Alzheimer's and dementia.
I started the Alzheimer’s Reading Room to keep track of the thousands of articles and many books I was reading. I soon realized I could help the ten million Alzheimer’s Caregivers worldwide by personalizing this information and organizing it on a blog. As I gained experience I decided to start writing more about the success we were having in fighting Alzheimer’s disease, treatments and alternative medicines we incorporated into our life, our new life style, where to look for help, and news about the search for a cure. We stick to information we believe is useful and helpful.
There is an enormous amount of new information about Alzheimer’s each day; it is difficult to identify the best and most useful information. I learned about this difficulty while scouring the Internet for information about Alzheimer's disease beginning five years ago. I realized someone needed to cull the information down so that it could used effectively. This is what we do at the Alzheimer's Reading Room. At the Alzheimer's Reading Room, we try to bring the best information about treatments, prescription drugs, science, clinical trials, lifestyle and alternative medicines. We try to accomplish one other mission: to bring hope and strength to the millions of families that live in the front row while fighting the disease.
Lately I am receiving emails from baby boomers worried that they are genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s. They asked me what they can and should be doing. I now know there are many things baby boomers can do to lower the odds of contracting Alzheimer’s disease or to delay its onset. I do all of these things for myself each day. There are things you can do to stave off the disease. You need to start doing them now. You cannot wait. With this in mind, I am broadening my mission on the blog to include information to help baby boomers understand and take action against Alzheimer’s. There is little doubt that one of the major issues facing our nation and baby boomers is Alzheimer’s disease. The concern baby boomers have will certainly increase as Alzheimer’s disease becomes more pervasive in the baby boomer generation and as it touches their lives.