Jeanne Lee

Jeanne L. Lee was born and raised in Portland, Oregon in 1941. She is the very proud mother of five children and four more by marriage. Her thirteen grandchildren are a large part of her life, even though they are miles apart. She has owned hair and nail salons, a printing brokerage and a bar and restaurant. She has also managed bars, graphics and printing shops and has even flown planes. After years of suicide attempts, marriages and mental institutions, her diagnosis was somewhat of a relief. She was no longer "crazy;" there was a name for this thing that was turning her world upside-down. It did not take too long to embark on a new journey promising herself no one else would go through this kind of suffering. She began a support group for early stage Alzheimer's when she could find little help elsewhere. Her next goal is to acquire funding to begin the first USA Alzheimer's Cafe (begun in the Netherlands), which allows a place for lectures, camaraderie, outings, exercise, love, laughter and tears for people with Alzheimer's and their supporters.

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