Meet Our Top 10

Top 10 Social HealthMakers: Alzheimer's Disease

These experts and advocates share Alzheimer's Disease advice and experiences. Learn the signs, symptoms, treatments and prevention of Alzheimer's Disease.

1 / 11 Meet Our Top 10

These experts and patient advocates share their Alzheimer's Disease advice and experiences, helping sufferers learn more about the signs, symptoms, treatments and prevention of Alzheimer's Disease.

Lori La Bey

2 / 11 Lori La Bey

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. 


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Alzheimer's Speaks Blog

Leeza Gibbons

3 / 11 Leeza Gibbons

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


Leeza's Care Connection

Elayne Forgie

4 / 11 Elayne Forgie

Elayne Forgie is the President and CEO of Alzheimer's Care Resource Center and the founder of ElderCare at Home and, providing services and support to Alzheimer’s caregivers. Forgie has been a professional geriatric care manager for more than 21 years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Advocacy Advisory Board for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, and has been awarded their Excellence in Care Specialist designation. 
Sherri Snelling

5 / 11 Sherri Snelling

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.


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Alzheimer's Association Blog

Gina Kolata

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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. 


The New York Times

Stefanie Bonigut, MSW

7 / 11 Stefanie Bonigut, MSW

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.


Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada Blog

Elizabeth Nolan Brown

8 / 11 Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Elizabeth Nolan Brown is associate editor of the women's health site, 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 MagazineAARP BulletinThe Huffington Post, Shine and Well + Good NYC. She is currently writing a book on the best diet for Alzheimer's prevention and brain health.


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Bob DeMarco

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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 JournalChicago Sun-Times,Houston Chronicle and many more. He currently lives in Florida with his mother, Dorothy, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.


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Alzheimer's Reading Room

Carol O'Dell

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Carol D. O'Dell is the author of the blog “Caregiving, Mothering Mother and More” and a contributing editor at 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.


Caregiving, Mothering Mother and More Blog

Rose Lamatt

11 / 11 Rose Lamatt

Rose Lamatt first experienced Alzheimer’s disease while caring for her close friend for 14 years. Her wealth of caregiving experience led her to write two books, Just a Word: Friends Encounter Alzheimer’s and Is Life One Big Goodbye. In addition, Lamatt is a contributing writer for the Alzheimer’s Reading Room. She lives in Florida, currently serving as activities director for adult day care at an assisted living facility, where she works with those suffering from dementia.