Lisa Fournier

Hi! I am a grad student at Texas State working part-time on my MS in Dementia & Aging. I decided to start a blog to share both my scholarly research and my personal experience of caring for somebody who had dementia. Although I back my blog posts up with credible research, hopefully you will find they are written in everyday language with helpful and practical tips.

I was the caregiver of my Mom for 8 years. She died from Alzheimer’s-related causes December 29, 2017. Although she did cognitively decline over time, I witnessed what I call “miracle moments” throughout her later years. My biggest takeaway is that caregiving is the hardest “job” in the world and, yet, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you would like to read more about our journey, please visit The Caregiver, the Newsletter of the Duke Dementia Family Support Program. You will find my article here on page 10.

I volunteer as an Ambassador and Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association and teach social entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech. My future dream is to combine my background in social innovation with the knowledge I am learning from the MS in Dementia & Aging degree and help changemakers make a difference for people living with dementia. Want to know more about my background? Please visit my Linkedin page.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Best, Lisa

Mom and Me, September 2017