A Tribute to Paulan Gordon
IN MEMORY OF A DEAR FRIEND, MENTOR, DAA BOARD AND ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
9/2/1954 ~ 10/2/2021
Every so often someone special comes along in life who has wide and lasting impact on many. Such was Paulan Gordon, who died much too young of breakthrough Covid on October 2, 2021. She leaves an enormous hole in our hearts. She also leaves a lasting legacy of how to live with dementia with vigor, positivity, and grace.
Paulan was deeply involved in helping others living with dementia through the Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Mentors and Alzheimer’s Speaks. In addition to helping people with dementia, Paulan advocated for and educated many people around the country about the lived experience.
Paulan loved to color. When Covid-19 caused shut-downs and DAA launched an online engagement program, Paulan quickly volunteered to host an Adult Coloring Club. People who had never colored as adults found the lure and enjoyed what became a fun coloring-discussion klatch.
Paulan’s daughter, Hannah, created the beautiful photographic tribute below. Paulan will be hugely missed but not forgotten.