About Barbara Ivey and

For Families Getting Through Alzheimer's

When my Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I worked at Microsoft and thought I understood a few things about life. The next 15 years as Mom’s Alzheimer’s progressed, were humbling, eye-opening and life changing.

I grew up in a family of four. I’m a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and hold a B.A. in English, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

My Alzheimer’s work includes my award-winning publication Patterns in Time, The Perfect Thing blog and four years as Vice President of Operations for Rotary’s Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Fund.

I look forward to sharing what I've learned with you.

Your friend on the Alzheimer’s Journey,



My course, “What to expect when Mom has Alzheimer’s: A beginner’s guide” launches on Udemy.com in Fall 2020.

Alzheimer’s changes Mom’s life, the life of the person partnering in her care, and your life as her adult child. Understanding these changes and preparing for what will come can eliminate many surprises. While advanced preparation cannot change the cruel effects of Alzheimer’s, it can make you calmer, stronger, and more ready to give and receive support. When you are prepared it makes it easier for you to respond to everyone’s stress with the empathy and kindness they need.

This course answers your questions about Alzheimer’s:

When is the right time to see a doctor about memory loss?

How is Alzheimer’s diagnosed?

Alzheimer’s only impacts Mom’s memory, right?

How long does Alzheimer’s last?

I live at a distance. How can I help?

The care partner sounds sad. What can I do?

My siblings and I disagree about Mom’s care. What do we do?