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Note: While her experience is with dementia, her comments relate to any caregiver, family, or spouse on the other side of a life-changing diagnosis.
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Marofsky’s book To The Last Dance, A Partner’s Story of Living and Loving Through Dementia is available at a discount with presentation.
Myrna Marofsky is a serial entrepreneur and self-acclaimed “Champion of Women.” For the past 20 years, her work as a consultant has been coaching, mentoring, and supporting women business owners through their successes and extreme challenges, including the pandemic. Her business tagline was finding “possibilities that turn dreams into reality.” Then in 2015 when her husband of 51 years was diagnosed with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s her life was turned upside-down. She was living a reality she could never have imagined, and her tagline became, “finding possibilities in realities that were far from my dreams.”
Marofsky’s story sheds light on an untold facet of a life-changing diagnosis, those on the other side—partners and spouses who also receive a diagnosis. They become part of the millions of unpaid caregivers, most of them women, who are suffering emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially, all while losing the one they love. They are feeling alone.
Because it’s a story rarely told, this diagnosis goes untreated at a high cost to our healthcare systems and government agencies.
"Who cares for the caregivers?”
Rather than a list of tactical and systemic changes, Marofsky speaks from her heart, sharing a lived experience with gems of insight and understanding for those interacting with care partners. As a care partner, she highlights the impact of the “tragedy talk” she continually received from professionals, noting how things could have been different. As a wife, she demonstrates how she built a strategy to keep bad news from becoming a bad life. As a woman, she speaks frankly about how she kept from becoming a lesser version of herself through the five years of living with dementia.