Core Team Profile: Kelly Bone
Important Issues: One of the topics that I would like to see addressed in the United States is changing the laws around assisted suicide to allow people with cognitive disorders to choose to die with dignity.
Kelly Bone, is a 59 year old woman who grew up in Michigan and moved to southwest Florida in 2017. She is a very gregarious, dynamic individual who is also a mother of two successful adult children. She was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's in December 2017. Her Mother, Uncle and Grandparents, and a few Great Aunts/ Uncles also suffered from dementia/Alzheimer’s. Kelly was the caregiver for her mother for nine years. In 2015, Kelly had genetic testing done that revealed she had two APOE4 genes. This testing eventually led her to the University of South Florida Byrd Alzheimer's Institute where she had further testing done which confirmed the diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer's.
Kelly is now retired, but previously she worked for 4 years for Xerox Corporation as a Sales Representative. She then spent 31 years at EDS (Ross Perot’s company), which was eventually sold to Hewlett Packard where she was a Director of Operations. Kelly traveled extensively during her career, had thousands of people reporting to her and is adept at public speaking.
Due to some medical conditions that Kelly has she does not qualify for any Alzheimer's clinical trials or studies. Kelly is focused on advocating for Alzheimer's patients around the globe, educating people, and volunteering for the Alzheimer's Association in a variety of a capacities.
Kelly is a very positive upbeat person. She is focused on living in the moment, completing her bucket list, golfing, doing water aerobics and other exercise like her life depends on it, eating a healthy diet, and also removing toxins from her environment.