Interview with Jack Fussell: Raising awareness concerning Alzheimer’s

Here is an interview I did with a man whom I admire tremendously for his mission and the way he dedicates his time and energy to said mission.

1. First of all, tell us a bit about yourself.

Born in Douglas, Georgia in 1950. The one sibling I had passed away due to a heart attack. 6 years in the United States Navy. Two children, a son and a daughter. Divorced for 11 years and we are friends. 24/7 caregiver for my 89 year old mom.

2. You state your mission as “raising awareness concerning Alzheimer’s.” Why? 

I raise awareness because my dad died with Alzheimer’s in 2001. I know that before the government will spend the dollars that “experts” think is needed, they need to know about the problem.

3. What would you like the government to know?

I want the government to understand how hard Alzheimer’s disease is on poor people.

4. How would you want the government to take action?

The action I would like to see them take is more for research to turn off the faucet.

5. How do you go about your mission?

I Crossed America in 2013. 2594 miles were on foot. 458 in the passenger seat of a car. Two others years I drove a car over 30,000 miles with signs on it advertising the Alzheimer’s Association.I was on foot 13,500 miles intermittently. I wear Alzheimer’s clothing and always handed out cards with the associations Helpline number on it. Over 50 television interviews, 100 newspaper interviews, 20 radio interviews. Most of those gave out the Helpline phone number.

6. What would be the next step to raise awareness?

Next step for me is bring a more serious tone to my part of this. What I see on social media is a bunch of folks in beautiful purple clothing with big smiles on their face amid the suffering.

7. What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do in order to raise awareness, but something got in the way of making it happen?

Hone my skills on social to get a larger following and then make my writing worth the time of the reader.

8. What is the one thing you wish everyone knew about Alzheimer’s?

How hard it is on folks that do not have enough money to purchase help and have no family or friends that will help.

9. Do you believe social media can be used effectively to rally people behind a certain cause?

I do to a certain point. I notice that once you have saturated your circle, you have saturated your circle. The trips made my circle of influence very large.

10. What does this world need more of?

A willingness to solve problems, respect and patience while working with others to solve problems.

11. If you could change one thing about the world around you, what would you change?

Wow, this is a tough question. Maybe it would be for us all to realize every day that we are all in this one boat together.

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You can follow Jack on his blog here.

You can also find him on Facebook here.

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