Lori La Bey is the founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks, an advocacy group providing resources to those dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia. As the host of Alzheimer’s Speaks, the first radio show dedicated to dementia, La Bey helps change attitudes toward those suffering from memory loss and improve their quality of life.
Leeza Gibbons has worked in television journalism for more than 25 years. She considers one of the greatest gifts in her life to have been the opportunity to honor her mother's legacy and her family's journey through her mother’s Alzheimer's disease. In 2002, she created The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation and its signature programs, Leeza's Place and Leeza's Care Connection, offering free services for family caregivers
Sherri Snelling is CEO and founder of the Caregiving Club and author of A Cast of Caregivers: Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care. She is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on behalf of America’s 65 million family caregivers with a special emphasis on how to help caregivers balance self care while caring for a loved one. She is the official caregiving blogger for the Alzheimer’s Association and is the former chairman of the National Alliance for Caregiving.
Gina Kolata is an award-winning medical reporter for The New York Times. She is the author of five books, including the bestselling Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It. While at the Times, Kolata has been a Pulitzer finalist twice and has received awards from various organizations including the Society of the Silurians, the Associated Press, the American Association of Health Care Journalists and others.
Stefanie Bonigut is a trained social worker and family care specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association, where she helps families and caregivers struggling with the challenges of taking care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. She is an active advocate in the Alzheimer’s community, raising money for and participating in fundraising events such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown is associate editor of the women's health site Blisstree.com, as well as a regular contributor to AARP’s web site and blog. Brown’s writings span topics from health and nutrition to science and culture. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including AARP The Magazine, AARP Bulletin, The Huffington Post, Shine and Well + Good NYC. She is currently writing a book on the best diet for Alzheimer's prevention and brain health.
Bob DeMarco is an Alzheimer’s caregiver and founder of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, a site devoted to educating and empowering Alzheimer's caregivers, families and the wider Alzheimer’s community. DeMarco’s writings have been featured on Reuters, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times,Houston Chronicle and many more. He currently lives in Florida with his mother, Dorothy, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
Carol D. O'Dell is the author of the blog “Caregiving, Mothering Mother and More” and a contributing editor at Caring.com. In addition to her many short stories, essays and poems, she is the author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir, a book that details her experiences caring for her mother through Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and coronary diseases. O’Dell speaks at numerous workshops and conferences around the country, addressing caregivers and healthcare and geriatric professionals.