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April 20th 2010:Alzheimer’s Disease and Family Caregiving at Home

Ruth Drew and Joan O’Callaghan are both highly qualified professionals in their fields. Both have experience of Alzheimer’s disease. Ruth is Director of Client and Information Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, where she works with people with Alzheimer’s disease and with their family members. Joan is a faculty member at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her experience of Alzheimer’s disease is as a family caregiver at home for her late mother, who suffered from it. Ruth and Joan talk about their experiences from the perspectives of a profes

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Ruth Drew

Ruth Drew is Director of Client and Information Services for the Alzheimer’s Association. She recently joined the national office after spending six years with the Oklahoma and Arkansas Chapter. She is a licensed counselor with experience in inpatient and agency settings. She is honored to work with people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their family members by promoting programs that help them access needed information and support. She has presented at national and state conferences concerning Alzheimer’s disease and effective care giving strategies. She has served as a guest lecturer at University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and University of Tulsa. She also
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Joan O’Callaghan

Joan O’Callaghan recently experienced family caregiving at home for her late mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. In her work life, Joan’s a faculty member at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where she trains high school English teachers. She holds an Honours BA in English Language and Literature, an MA in English Literature, and a BEd. She’s received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from Queen’s University. She was named Professor of the Year by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Students Council, Most Engaging English Instructor and Most Inspirational Instructor. As well as her academic work, she has an a
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