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By Barbara Hanson Dennis
I have very fond memories of Les even after he
was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I will never
forget that he was still Les until the day he died;
he was always “there” after 11 years.
Being there for those moments was a blessing for me
and our whole family. Dementia is a disease, but it
doesn’t have to be a disaster.
Barbara Hanson Dennis has a Master’s in
Industrial Relations from Loyola University Chicago.
She taught at three universities as well as serving
on the staff of the Illinois State Senate. She
was also a fundraiser for the University of Illinois
Extension. Ms. Dennis also consulted with her
husband, Leslie E. Dennis, Ph.D., in countries such
as Tunisia and Vietnam.