My journey with Alzheimer's started with my father, Philip Shandler, and has expanded to include my father-in-law, Harold Black, and Aunt, Annette Levitt. Dad was diagnosed with Dementia in his 70's and functioned well for many years thanks to medication, diet, attention and regular exercise. He was part of a study and was on a flat plain for years. Once the Dementia progressed, his cognition and executive function plummeted. My mother, Gail, was an amazing caregiver. Since my Mother passed away in April 2017, my brother, Marc, and I have responsibility for Dad's care and well-being. It is sad to see my Dad, who was a vibrant, well-educated writer and lay cantor, function at a minimal level. Once a journalist who scoured several newspapers a day, he no longer could follow a single article. Fortunately, he is happy in his new normal.
My Aunt has no children, so my husband, Andy, and I are actively involved with her care plan and provide much need support to my Uncle. I am sad to no longer have the woman who was a dynamic professor and special Aunt. Annette and I had a special bond and spent hours talking throughout the years.
We have become educators, advocates and caregivers. Through ALZDelVal, caregivers and families receive support, expertise and resources.
It is my honor to be co-chair of Wine, Women & Shoes. Our amazing committee works tirelessly to create an amazing event to celebrate those affected by Alzheimer's and to raise funds so the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley can continue to advocate and educate.
Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley wrote:
Wine Women & Shoes returns to Philadelphia April 15, 2018! Help us crown the "King" & "Queen"! The King & Queen of Sole will be crowned at the event. Support your choice by donating to their fundraising page. All donations benefit the Alzheimer's Association.