The Memories Project is my tribute to my father, Patrick Johnston, who died at the age of 79 in December 2011 and suffered from dementia. During the first year of this blog project, I posted daily memories of my father. My goal was to collect all of the memories and stories I remembered about my dad, preserve them and share them with others in hopes of encouraging them to document their own family history.
In subsequent years, The Memories Project has served as an advocacy tool for Alzheimer’s awareness and for increasing support for family caregivers. I hope The Memories Project serves as inspiration for others to gather and preserve memories and stories of their loved ones now, because you never know when it will be too late.
About Joy Johnston
I have been a digital journalist since 2002. I have worked for Cox Media Group, Demand Media, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sharecare.com, About.com and AOL. I currently am a content coordinator for Cox Media Group and a freelance health and fitness writer. I consider myself a gluten-free diet expert, as I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant in 2005. I live in Atlanta, Ga. with my partner. We share our home with a goofy pit bull rescue dog and two very spoiled cats.
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