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Community Advocates

In order to stay up to date on latest treatments, drug discovery, clinical studies and how to cope with Alzheimer’s disease every day, AlzheimersDisease.net brings you frequent articles, points of view and advice from leading patient advocates and experts.

Current advocates

Pam Farina

Pam was a busy, working, single, Mother of 3 in 2012 when her Mother, Jewel, first began to display the symptoms of what would eventually be diagnosed as Alzheimer’s. Jewel was 76; a devoted and loving Mother and Grandmother who was the glue that held her family together with grace. Read more

Shelley Hlymbicky

I have been happily married to my husband, Steve, for more than a quarter century! We have two amazing adult children: a daughter, who is a high school teacher and a son, who is finishing up his Masters Degree in University. Where does the time go? Read more

Jim and Marilyn Klunder

We take care of Jim’s mother Joan who turns 85 in October. The three of us were born and raised in southern California. Joan’s mother (Jim’s grandmother) passed away about 20 years ago from Alzheimer’s and as Joan predicted, she has been battling it for about 5 years. Read more

Kim Peretz-Mok

A decade ago when Kim became the primary caregiver for her father, she never envisioned that her journey would lead her to a role as a contributor for Health Union. Read more

Alice B. Scarr

Alice B. Scarr is a medical social worker in the field of hospice care. Alice provides social services and bereavement counseling to her patients and their families. When Alice found the field of hospice, she knew that it was work for which she was perfectly suited. As she and many in the field would say, “We often get asked how we can do such difficult work, but the truth is, you know when you are meant for it.” Read more

Shannon Simcox

Shannon is the marketing chair for the Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer’s. In addition to promoting the event, she raises funds and awareness for the disease throughout the year. Shannon lost her grandfather after his 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. Read more

Trisha Volpicelli

As a healthcare professional, advocacy for clients and their families has always been a passion of mine. To me, advocacy involves the desire to help, and the desire to see clients and their families grow in being able to cope and get the best treatment for their medical issues. It also involves the process to persevere and keep finding the answers that suit clients as individuals. Read more

Gail Weatherill

Gail Weatherill has been a Registered Nurse since the days of bell-bottomed jeans and beehive hairdos. Forty years in, she will tell you she’s just warming up. Read more

Pat White

Pat is a former music educator with music degrees from Univ. of Tenn. at Chattanooga, Indiana Univ. and Univ. of Georgia. Arriving in Ohio in 1975, Pat and her husband raised their sons in Columbus where she has continued to live since her husband’s passing in 2016. Now the grandmother to four, she cherishes her time with family and with friends. Read more

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