Barbara Charles was born in Stoneville, NC. At the age of 10, she moved to Cambridge, Mass where Harvard University and Harvard Square were her playground. She attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and made NJ her home.
Barbara was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in June of 2018. After struggling to find out what was wrong for approximately 5 years and being unable to find a solution to the issues she experienced, she finally succeeded in getting a diagnosis. Alzheimer’s! Something she had always feared due to family history.
Alzheimer’s has a hereditary factor. And Barbara knew of instances in her family could be leading her down that same path. The frightening part to diagnosis was a journey. In addition, she could not find adequate resources to help her live productively in the beginning stages and still have a great life.
She wanted resources, tools, diets, activities, supplements. Anything that could help a person with Early Onset Alzheimer’s thrive without anxiety and fear. Barbara, with both an IT and pharmaceutical background, thoroughly investigated all medical venues. She talked to various physicians, clinicians and support groups to find how she could combat this disease.
Barbara is now thriving and striving to keep mentally and physically functional, despite the threat of full-blown Alzheimer’s hanging over her head. She chose to share this information to encourage others. As there is much work being in progress to find a cure. Her purpose is to continue working toward building communities, health and wellness for those with Early Onset Alzheimer’s so that they can manage this disease and live better and longer.
Barbara has an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree and a Bachelors of Information Systems Management, (B.I.S.M). She also has a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Management (M.I.S.M). She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, and grandchildren, whom she adores.
A Special Thanks
Special thanks to all those who help review and provided feedback for the book. Clevis Natera, accomplished author and family member. Facebook Group Just for People with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease who read and provided valuable insight and support. Adrienne Smith, friend and incredible, non-judgemental supporter. Cori Ramos, who provided the web technical expertise to get me up and running. Christi Johnson, phenomenal instructor and coach. And all who contributed to the successful publishing and distribution of this book.