Save the date for June’s LEADDD Session featuring special guest Joanna Fix, New Mexico.
Tuesday, June 20
12:00 p.m. CT
In 2016, at the age of 48, Joanna Fix, New Mexico, was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s disease. Since her diagnosis and involuntary retirement as a college professor, Joanna has been volunteering to educate professionals, doctors, medical students, and family caregivers. She is active with the Alzheimer’s Association, Teepa Snow’s positive approach to care, and the National Council of Dementia Minds. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and other publications about exploitation of people living with dementia without their approval or consent. She also has been quoted weighing in on the slippery slope of pharmaceuticals when it comes to treating dementia.
While most people with this disease have progressed to the point that the awareness and ability to communicate is hindered, Joanna considers herself lucky. She is passionate about using her gifts to do as much as she can for as long as she can to change the tragedy narrative and eliminate the stigma so all involved in this journey may be successful.
Joanna’s husband Forrest, a retired chiropractor, and their two dogs serve as her full-time care team. They live in Colorado Springs where they enjoy a slower pace that allows them to appreciate each and every moment. Joanna is a Tri Delta from the Phi Delta chapter at the University of New Mexico. She is a graduate of Santa Fe High School where she was the commencement keynote speaker in 2021! She has a Ph.D. in psychology and taught at the University of the Pacific. She also worked with law enforcement agencies administering psychological assessments.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.
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