Released to the Angels
Discovering the Hidden Gifts of Alzheimer's    




                                                                                                          Lee Ferris, Poughkeepsie Journal 

                                          Marilynn, teaching/Vassar College. 

Released to the Angels has brought me in contact with so many wonderful people.  By sharing our story I have, in turn, been able to share in the experiences of others.





                                           In New York City, for a taping of the Dr. Oz Show.

 An incredible friend, Enzo. I actually met him in Albany, NY a couple of years ago when we both spoke at the State Legislature and again in Washington, DC.  Enzo has dedicated his life to fighting for a cure for Alzheimer's in a unique and personal way.  His project is called "10 Mountains in 10 Years"...he climbs one major mountain a year and plants prayers and wishes from loved ones at the top.  He is now creating a film with the same name with Liza Gibbons (whose mother has Alz).           

With me at the taping was Michele Muir, my friend and member of the Alzheimer's Association.  Michele's father died with Alzheimer's and she is a dedicated advocate, knowing first hand the need for research and funding.

In Washington, DC with fellow advocates at the National Alzheimer's Public Policy Forum

Washington, dinner with friends/advocates for the Alzheimer's Association


                                                                          Photo courtesy of Ann Hutton

For years I taught at the State University of New York at the Language Immersion Institute, in New Paltz, New York, and most recently at Vassar.  These language classes are different in that only the target language (in this case Spanish) is used, even at elementary levels. 

                                                                                                                           Photo courtesy of Ann Hutton

The aim of immersion is to create a relaxed environment so that learning a foreign language can be active, non-threatening... 

                                                                                                                           Photo courtesy of Ann Hutton

...and just plain fun!


An evening at church... 

Speaking at the Alzheimer's Association Health Caregiver Conference, Suffern, New York



As a Speaker Seminar/Workshop 

 "Teaching in the Target Language"                        New York State University: Language Immersion Institute....New  Paltz, New York 

    Memory Walk 

Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, New York   

 Getting ready to walk! 



                                                                                                                              Photo courtesy of Michael Sibilia

As Keynote Speaker 

 "A Night of Wine and Roses"     The Alzheimer's Association     The Grandview, Poughkeepsie, New York