Jane Marks  is a wife, mother, daughter, pet owner, grandmother, and all around busy person. Like many of you she is juggling as fast as she can. She recently retired from her long standing position as Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association, WV Chapter. Jane is still committed, however, to the cause of Alzheimer's and dementia. Her experience and unique presentation style make her the perfect speaker for your conference or meeting.

Dear Friends,

A few years ago, my career seemed to be moving forward. A good salary, success in the work world - the wisdom I had gained over the years was finally paying off at the office. My children were out of the nest, so my husband and I were planning to travel and really enjoy each other. Our "babies" were our two dogs who did fine in the kennel while we were gone! Then my mother fell and broke her hip, and then broke it again.

Now I find myself sandwiched in many ways ... sandwiched between job duties and doctor appointments. Sandwiched between spending time with my husband and time at the assisted living where my mother resides. Last week in the midst of budget and strategic goal setting, I had to leave the office because my mother's pneumonia was worsening and I needed to speak with the nurse at the assisted living to discuss options. Two weeks before, as I was leaving the hotel to return home from a weekend away, I received the call, "Your mother has fallen. We think she is ok, but we want to send her to the ER to be checked out." My feeling of relaxation vanished.

I could share many stories, but you get it. I love my mother; I want her to have a good quality of life as she ages. But I find myself sandwiched between my life and hers; between her ever increasing needs and those of my spouse; between being her daughter, and being the helpful mother to my own daughter who is expecting her first baby; sandwiched between my social life and seeing that my mother has one; sandwiched between guilt and frustration ... AAAAHHHH!!!!!

Thus this website - Sandwich Caring. I hope to share my views on many things as well as join us together, we who are many types of sandwiches, but have so much in common. We can commiserate, strategize and survive - together.

- Jane


More of Jane's activities and presentations

  • Active in state and federal legislative issues. Testified before the WV Silver Haired Legislature and LOCCHRA, the WV Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Resources Accountability. Instrumental in the passage of numerous pieces of legislation including mandated dementia care training for long term care staff, silver alert, funding for Alzheimer's Helpline, and comprehensive state plan for Alzheimer's.
  • In both 2002 and 2005 presented workshops on legislative tactics at the national Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Forum in Washington DC.
  • 2003 - Served on the NCOA Committee "Promoting Consumer Direction in the Aging Network".
  • Member of the 2003 Healthy Aging 2010 Work Group. This group, through the WV DHHR, brought together stakeholders representing various health and educational disciplines in WV to undertake the task of promoting health aging in WV.
  • Presented at the White House Conference On Aging Solutions Forum on Aging held in Morgantown, WV in 2005.
  • 2003-2008 - Served on a work group for an Administration on Aging Alzheimer's Demonstration Grant in conjunction with the WV Bureau of Senior Services
  • Member of the 2005 Long-term Care Subcommittee of the Governors Committee on Medicaid Redesign.
  • 2003-2006 - Member of the WV Center on Aging's Rural Healthy Aging Network Project which will help identify gaps in research, knowledge and practice, regarding how to improve health and access to healthcare among rural older adults.
  • 2003-2008 - Served on WV Bureau of Senior Services Resource Center Oversight Committee that oversees the current Resource Center Demonstration Grant that established two aged and disabled resource centers through a grant from the Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
  • 2006 to present - Member of the Vision Shared Long-term Care Task Force. Vision Shared is a unique collaboration of the private sector and state government to review current practice and outline new initiatives for change in WV.
  • 2007 - Presented at both the Eastern and Western Administration on Aging Alzheimer's Demonstration Grant Regional Workshops
  • February 2008 - Presenter, National Leadership Conference, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, Illinois "Building a Culture of Advocacy"
  • April 2008 - Presenter, WV Social Work Conference, Charleston, WV, "Educating about Alzheimer's"
  • July 18, 2008 - Presenter, National Leadership and Community Service Conference, Charleston WV, "From Eight Tracks to Ipods, Generational Differences that Impact Fundraising".
  • November 2008 - Presenter, WV Rural Health Conference Glade Springs Resort, Daniels, WV.
  • April 25, 2009 - Presenter at Tri State Regional Pilot Club Convention, Charleston Town Center Marriott, Charleston, WV
  • May 16, 2009 - Presenter, WV Women's Expo, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV. "The Sandwich Generation: Caring for kids and parents without losing it!"
  • June 4, 2009 - Co-Presenter, 31st Summer Institute on Aging, Morgantown, WV, "The Boomers Are Coming - Bingo Won't Cut it Anymore!"
  • July, 2010 - Presenter, 32nd Summer Institute on Aging, Morgantown, WV - " Brain Health: The Final Frontier".
  • September 23, 2011 - Presenter, Raleigh County Commission on Aging, Beckley, WV Annual Elder Abuse Conference, "Abuse - From a Different Angle"
  • April 1, 2012 - Presenter, WV Academy of Family Practice Physicians Conference, Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV "Physicians, What You Need to Know"
  • June 5, 2012 - Presenter, West Virginia University School of Social Work, Summer Institute, Waterfront Hotel, Morgantown, WV. "Beyond Person Centered Care: A More Peaceful Dementia", three hour workshop
  • 2012 - Technical advisor for movie Angels Perch, Scrappy Cat Productions
  • November 14, 2012 - Presenter, WV Rural Health Conference, Glade Springs Resort, Daniels, WV; "The National Plan to Address Alzheimer's: Impact on Rural Health"
  • April 18, 2013 - West Virginia Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Conference, Charleston, WV; "Non Pharmacologic View of Alzheimer's and Dementia Behavior 'Management'"
  • April 18, 2013 - West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly, Charleston, WV, "Physicians, What You Need to Know"
  • May 3, 2013 - National Association of Social Workers, Annual Conference, Charleston, WV. "Beyond Person Centered Care: A More Peaceful Dementia", three hour workshop
  • November 7, 2013, Grand Rounds, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV. "A New Way of Understanding Dementia"
  • June 2014 - Summer Institute on Aging, Morgantown, WV, "Emotionally Wounded Caregivers"
  • November 2014 - West Virginia University School of Social Work Community Learning, Beckley, WV, "A Day on Dementia: Some of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
  • June 2015, Summer Institute on Aging, Morgantown, WV, "How Many Shades of Gray? Sex in Long-term Care" and "Acute Care and the Person with Dementia: Chaos or Calm?"
  • August 2015, Florida Conference on Aging, Orlando, Florida, "How Many Shades of Gray?", "Acute Care and the Person with Dementia" and "Welcome to the Sandwich Counter"
  • February 26, 2016, Nova Southeastern University Annual Geriatric Conference, "How Many Shades of Gray, Sex, Dementia and Longterm Care."
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