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Alzheimer’s From the Other Side

Mary Ann Becklenberg from a scene from "Life (Part 2)" on PBS.

Indiana social worker Mary Ann Becklenberg, MSW, LCSW, began forgetting conversations she had at work just a day before. Her memory got so bad co-workers began giving her reminders.

Becklenberg eventually had to quit her job. She also discovered four years ago at age 61 that she was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

That has not stopped her. Becklenberg has served on the Early Stage Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is also appearing in “The New Face of Alzheimer’s,” an episode on the PBS Series “Life (Part 2). The series looks at the issues Baby Boomers face as they age.

“One of the reasons we are here is that we feel it is very important for people to understand that Alzheimer’s Disease starts with someone who can think, live their life and make contributions. Hopefully you can advocate for family and friends who may be involved with the beginning of the disease,” Becklenberg said during an interview with the Shopper Online.

To watch the “Life (Part 2) episode with Becklenberg click here. And to read the full Shopper Online article on her click here.

To learn more about how social workers help clients cope with aging visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Seniors & Aging Web page by clicking here.

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