Dr. Nell B. Dale was one of the first women to get a Ph.D. in Computer Science in the early 1970s. She graduated from the University of Texas Department of Computer Sciences and remained on the faculty until her retirement from full-time teaching in 2000. She was originator and director of the Women in Science Program in the early '80s and has been a mentor to students and colleagues throughout her career. Her research interests have focused on computer science education as an academic discipline, having co-chaired five dissertations in the area. During her career she has authored or co-authored 18 textbooks, many in multiple editions.
Dr. Dale has received the prestigious SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education and was the first woman to receive the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)'s prestigious Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award. She has won two Hamilton Awards for the best textbook published at UT in a given year. She has received the ABACUS Award from Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society for the Computing Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the ACM. She received a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from Sewanee, The University of the South.
Dr. Dale neither read nor wrote poetry until she embarked with her husband on his journey with Alzheimer's. Expressing her feelings in poetry helped her keep sane among the chaos of the journey. These poems are being published in the hope that they will be a comfort for others who have a loved one with Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer’s disease affects all of us. The facts are startling:
One in eight people aged 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease.
Every 70 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s. By mid-century someone will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
There is no known cure.*
When my husband, Al, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the doctor said that for each Alzheimer’s patient there was a second patient: the caregiver. I struggled with the role of caregiver for almost three years. Expressing my feelings in poetry was my therapy; it kept me sane. I am sharing these poems in the hope that they might be of help to others who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
Fifty percent of the profits from the sale of this book will go toward Alzheimer’s research.
*Alzheimer’s Association, 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Volume six