Robert Bowles – http://lbdlivingbeyonddiagnosis.com/index.html
Robert Bowles, retired pharmacists, owned and operated a Pharmacy in Thomaston, Georgia. After being diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2012, he founded United Against Dementia where he has been an active advocate, educator and supporter. Robert quickly discovered that after his own personal diagnosis, a person with dementia had to find his/her own way to move forward and continue to live a life with purpose. This personal turn of events and his passion for helping people became his inspiration and his purpose.
Robert’s advocacy work takes him to federal and state level, both private and corporate, in for-profit and non-profit arenas. He serves on several boards as an advisor and council.
As Executive Advisor at Dementia Spotlight Foundation, he is able to identify the needs of a person living with dementia. He actively participates in speaking engagements where he shares the experiences as he lives in his new world.
Serving on workgroups, committees, the leadership council as well as the board of directors of the national Dementia Action Alliance, Robert is a most valuable player as he helps build a dementia sensitive society.
Robert expanded his knowledge by becoming a certified Rosalynn Carter Institute Trainer. Also, he most recently became the first person living with dementia to complete the coursework required to become a Certified Eden at Home Associate via The Eden Alternative. This has enhanced his role in educating caregivers, care providers, and community stakeholders.
Robert is active with Dementia Mentors serving as a mentor to persons diagnosed with dementia and serves on the Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (GARD) State Plan Group. He is also a member of the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) and participates with both LBDA local and national webinars and events. It is with continued enthusiasm that Robert strives for acceptance, attitude, socialization and purpose as he positively improves life living with dementia.