Edinburgh nurse gets small-business honor for Alzheimer's disease work

Bonnie Shehan, a nurse who has worked in health facilities in the Bartholomew and Johnson County areas for more than 20 years, is being honored for creating a kit that helps families who care for relatives with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Edinburgh resident put together a collection of safety devices, including door alarms, drawer locks, motion sensors and room monitors.

The kit also includes a packet of information with some of the most frequently asked questions about the disease, plus answers caregivers sometimes are hesitant to ask their doctors about intimacy and violent behavior.

“Being a nurse was wonderful, but I wanted to do more,” said Shehan, who through her job often came into contact with families struggling with the challenges of dementia care.


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