Brightview Senior Living Awards Sponsorship to Advocate Who is Living with Dementia
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Brightview Senior Living is proud to sponsor Mike Belleville, an advocate who is living with dementia, and his wife, Cheryl, to attend the 2017 North American Dementia Conference, “Re-Imagine Life with Dementia,” as a “Be a Friend” Sponsor. The Conference is ran by the Dementia Action Alliance and will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from June 25th-27th, 2017.
“With some assistance from the Dementia Action Alliance, we identified Mike and Cheryl for this honor and presented it to them during dinner at Brightview Canton,” explains Dr. Patrick Doyle, Brightview’s Corporate Director of Dementia Services. “We are humbled by his advocacy work. Mike’s willingness to speak about his experiences living with dementia opens minds to the enduring contributions that people living with dementia can make to society.”
“His contributions are truly inspiring,” added Patrick.
“We cannot thank you enough for such a gift,” says Mike. “We are still in awe of Brightview’s generosity. Dr. Doyle and Brightview certainly personify one of my favorite quotes from the late, great Jackie Robinson: ‘A life is not important except for the impact it has on other lives.’”
For 18 years, Mike worked as a telecommunications technician for Verizon. In addition, he was active in town government in Douglas, Massachusetts and served in Rhode Island’s Air National Guard. In the summer of 2013, he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, a rare variation that occurs before age 65 and affects about 5 percent of all who have the disease. Shortly after his diagnosis, he connected with the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Power and Purpose” program. He has been an active advocate for the cause ever since. Recently, his diagnosis was changed to Lewy Body Dementia and he now looks to also advocate for the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Mike attended the National Alzheimer’s Association Public Policy Forum earlier this year, meeting with elected officials to ask for increased research funding at the National Institutes of Health. He also spoke at the Association’s Hope on the Harbor, addressing a sold-out audience of business leaders and philanthropists and, with his wife, appeared in a video, “Alzheimer Heroes,” speaking about the impact that dementia has had on his life and helping to increase public awareness."
Most recently, Mike was the keynote speaker at the March National Early Stage Advisory Group of the Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum.
As the recipient of Brightview's sponsorship, Mike and his wife will attend the conference, where he will serve as a "Friendly Ambassador" at the Technology Showcase, making attendees feel comfortable and helping them interact with the technologies.
Congratulations to Mike and Cheryl! We look forward to hearing more from them soon!