April 18-24 is Careers in Aging Week

Meet Georgia Memory Net Coordinator Courtney Leavy

As the number of Georgians living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias continues to increase, the Georgia Memory Net program provides much needed help. Georgia Memory Net (GMN) is a statewide program, developed in partnership with Emory University, to expand access to early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and to support those living with dementia, including caregivers. Additionally, GMN trains physicians to properly screen for the disease and collect data that will allow the state to better support those living with dementia.

Courtney Leavy serves as the Georgia Memory Net Coordinator. She works to ensure that the program is making a difference in the lives of Georgians living with dementia. Leavy’s passion was first ignited as a teenager after witnessing a loved one experience nursing home neglect. The passion was later cultivated after serving as a primary caregiver for her grandmother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Leavy knows that working in the aging field is rewarding and offers advice to those looking for work in the aging field.

“Reach for the stars. Do not let any position intimidate you. Whether you are graduating from school or reintroducing yourself back into the workforce, you have something to offer. As you look for job opportunities, take note of what interests you and your skillset. When you find something of interest, look into it and go after the opportunity. You never know where it will take you. This field is pretty versatile, so look around and try different positions to see what you enjoy most.”

To learn more about GMN, visit https://gamemorynet.org/.