Jim and Jeanetta's journey with Alzheimer's
Advancing breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s
After his death, Jeanetta knew she wanted to help others who were affected by Alzheimer’s. Jim had received care at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, so it was important to her to give back to those who had taken care of him. She donated funding for a speaker series at Ohio State that shared new breakthroughs with people affected by Alzheimer’s.
Jim’s neurologist, Douglas Scharre, MD, division director of Cognitive Neurology at the Wexner Medical Center Neurological Institute, developed one of the biggest breakthroughs in recent years: a simple test, called SAGE (Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam), that establishes a baseline for cognitive function and helps physicians catch declines in brain function.
Creating awareness in the community
“Jim had grown up in Newark, and I just felt like this could be a wonderful tribute to his memory and extremely informative to people in the community,” Jeanetta says.
The event would not have been possible without Jeanetta’s philanthropy — and without gifts to Alzheimer’s disease research at Ohio State.
“I’m absolutely convinced that if your family or friends have not had an affliction with Alzheimer’s, you’re very lucky, because it’s going to affect everyone at some point,” Jeanetta says. “To be able to inform people in our community was just a wonderful thing.”
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