I’m Valerie Ferrero, wife, mother and care partner. My husband Lee was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s (also known as early-onset Alzheimer’s) in November 2008. This is the beginning of my story….. It is difficult to know what action to take, what plans to make, or what the future holds when you don’t have the answer to the “elephant in the room.” It took more than seven years for us to get Lee’s diagnosis of younger-onset [...]
Val Ferrero is a Senior Admissions Advisor with California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She received her BA in Social Science from California State University. In 2008, Val’s spouse Lee Ferrero was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since that time, Val has committed herself as a care partner and advocate in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Val is currently involved in a support group with her local Alzheimer’s Association chapter and has contributed written pieces to her local newspaper. Val is interested in raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease especially with regard to the need for caregiver support. Val and Lee have been married for 41 years and together have 2 children and one grandchild.