My grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease and passed away in a nursing home when I was 10 years old. After seeing first-handedly what Alzheimer’s does to the mind and body, I knew it was a scary, unfair disease. I knew I wanted to make a difference, even if i was only 10. Starting young by volunteering at nursing homes and finally completing my high school senior project based on Alzheimer’s disease, I have always known that it’s my calling to work with and care for the elderly.
I have the privilege of being on the team of caregivers for a very special lady, Margie. I have learned so much from Margie. Although she is in the end stages of the disease, she still has moments of clarity and a twinkle in her eye. She still laughs and smiles and clearly is still in love with her devoted husband of 62 years, John. Thanks to the love and support of John, their children and extended family, Margie is able to remain in the home she so loves. I believe the care she receives there is the reason she is still going so strong.
I’ve recently found my creative passion in painting, and I have established an Etsy page to sell my works. I have committed to donating a portion of the proceeds to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. You can find me at ArtofAliStore or follow me on Instagram at ali_poole16 to learn more and follow my journey.