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Carol’s final gift: Speaking about Alzheimer’s

Carol Speltz for Endnotes blog (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman Review)
Carol Speltz for Endnotes blog (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman Review)

Ran into Carol Speltz today at the Veterans Day benefit her husband Karl organizes every year at Jack and Dan's.

Carol, who is in her early 70s, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease two years ago. The longtime educator and Christmas Bureau volunteer has been open about her diagnosis from the beginning. See story.

I haven't seen her for several months but saw her today and Carol seems to be still tracking well. And she looked great. She has given talks to seniors groups on what it's like to live with early Alzheimer's, and she asked me to spread the word that she is willing to give more of those talks. Carol is still amazing eloquent, especially about what it's like to know you are losing your memories.

If you are interested in contacting Carol let me know at

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