Caring for a Veteran with ALS and Anticipating their Future Needs
Are you caring for a Veteran who has been diagnosed with ALS? Have you lost your sense of self since becoming a Military Caregiver? Has caregiving taken a toll on you mentally and/or physically? Do you want more control over your life, but feel powerless to change?
Join us for the upcoming webinar, “Caring for a Veteran with ALS and Anticipating their future needs,” where you will learn how you too can uncover your power and gain trust in your ability to create a unique life that works for you and your family while honoring the Veteran that you care for. Our guest speaker will feature a comprehensive overview of ALS, treatment, and how assistive technology can be used for both safety and comfort for people living with ALS and their caregivers.
Alisa Brownlee, Clinical Manager, Assistive Technology Services, is an 21 year staff member the ALS Association working for both the Greater Philadelphia Chapter and the National Office. Alisa speaks, blogs, writes articles and uses social media to increase awareness of ALS and the use of assistive technology. Her specialty areas are communication, computer access, and electronic aids for daily living. She is a strong advocate for patient rights with elected officials, insurance companies, and other healthcare providers.
Alisa is 2000 graduate of the California State University Northridge with a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from East Stroudsburg University. She is a Certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
She is a previous Board Member of RESNA (the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America). She is also a previous Board Member of USSAAC (the United States Society of Augmentative/Alternative Communication).
Mary Ward of Wilmington, NC holds a masters in healthcare management and policy, and a master in public administration. Tom, Mary’s husband, served as a Marine in the 70s. In 1993, he contracted encephalitis and suffered cognitive difficulties. Then, in 2010, he was diagnosed with ALS, which veterans develop at a higher rate than the general population. Mary hopes her time as a Fellow can help her encourage, support and inspire other caregivers. Having worked in the Healthcare Management field, Mary working switched careers to education. She is now high school social studies teacher and finds herself teaching online in order to accommodate the care her husband. Mary is a the Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow for the state of North Carolina.