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Jay Newton-Small (2017)

Jennifer 'Jay' S. Newton-Small is co-founder and chief executive officer at MemoryWell and a long-serving Washington correspondent for TIME Magazine and a journalist for Bloomberg News.

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About the Jay Newton-Small Interview

Hi Reddit. A year ago, I walked away from one of the best jobs in journalism—Washington correspondent for TIME Magazine—in order to start a company, MemoryWell. MemoryWell grew out of my experience with my father. Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when I was a senior in college. My mother cared fro him for the first 10 years of his diagnosis, until the stress of caregiving overcame her and she died of a brain aneurysm. I became my father's caregiver at that point and eventually I had to move him into a community. When I did they asked me to fill out a 20-page questionnaire about his life. This made no sense to me: who would ever read and remember 20 pages of handwritten data points for the 150+ residents there? Instead, I wrote down his story. His caregivers remembered it, told each other about it. Two of his caregivers were Ethiopian and they'd had no idea that he'd lived in Ethiopia for four years early on in his career with the United Nations. They became his champions, showing him their own family photos of Addis Ababa and Lalibela. MemoryWell Was born. 

Proof: https://twitter.com/JNSmall/status/942486882474065920

Jay Newton-Small Dec 18, 2017