“I graduated from Stanford and then I was a hippie and activist in the 60s. Later on I graduated with honors from UCDavis medical school and was a successful doctor for years after that. And became a scuba diver when I was 62. Now I am 72 and I have early-stage dementia. I am using my brain by urging diagnosis of Alzheimer’s at a much sooner time then we presently do, and improving the diagnostic tools– which are not sensitive enough to pick up the more subtle symptoms of early-stage Alzheimer’s – when we still have our brains. I also support self-help groups for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s. And encouraging us that we still have worth, that we still have things to contribute, we can make a difference. I am still me. We are helping change the face Alzheimer’s and reduce the stigma.”