Companions in the Face of Alzheimer’s

With her faithful Freckles by her side, Sharon Ann Scully, 57, of West Hartford speaks about her diagnosis of early onset Alzheimers disease and the unconditional love she gets from Freckles..  There is no known cure for Alzheimer's.There are an estimated 70,000 Connecticut residents living with Alzheimer’s Disease, a haunting, fast-growing and fatal illness that is projected to surpass the rates of heart disease and cancer. There are support groups, trial medications and even coconut water that patients and their caregivers eagerly add to their daily regimens. And then there are the loyal companions like Freckles and Ben, pet canines who were destined to be euthanized early in their lives. Instead they now comfort and offer hope to the people who saved their lives, like Alzheimer’s patient Sharon Ann Scully (above with Freckles).

Here is a brief video that I produced of Paul and Marilyn Fanelli with their canine companion, Ben. Below that is a gallery of some of my favorite outtake images from the two days I spent with the Fanellis in Bristol.

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One Response to Companions in the Face of Alzheimer’s

  1. Max Wallack says:

    Hi. I am a 17 year old college junior, Alzheimer’s researcher, and Alzheimer’s advocate.I grew up as a caregiver to my great grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease. After her death, I founded a nonprofit organization that had distributed over 23,000 puzzles to Alzheimer’s facilities. This week, the book I coauthored explaining Alzheimer’s disease to children became available on Amazon.My hope was to provide some helpful coping mechanisms to the many children dealing with Alzheimer’s disease among their family members. 50 percent of the profits from this book will go to Alzheimer’s causes. I think this book could help a lot of children and families.