The Alliance for Aging Research is proud to have dedicated staff members supporting the organization in its mission to improve the universal human experience of aging and health. This week, we are featuring Beth Mathews-Bradshaw, the Alliance’s Vice President of Patient Engagement and Research.
What do you do at the Alliance for Aging Research?
I am the VP for Patient Engagement and Research.
How long have you worked at the Alliance?
Two months as an employee; four years prior as a part-time consultant.
Where are you from, and what brought you to the Washington, DC area?
I am from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I originally came to DC to work for a law firm.
What is your favorite project or topic you’ve worked on while at the Alliance?
Talk NERDY to Me is the project that I am well acquainted with and feel addresses an important mission, to educate patient advocates, caregivers and researchers in comparative effectiveness research and the importance of the patient perspective.
Do you have a personal connection with any of the health issues/conditions the Alliance works on?
My father is experiencing memory issues that are in the process of being given a diagnosis.
What is something you’ve learned about healthy aging since working at the Alliance that has either changed your view or impacted the way you personally approach aging?
I am hearing more diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, particularly in women, which has made me re-evaluate how to approach this disease in its early stages.
What is your favorite book?
I do not have a favorite book. I enjoy intellectual mysteries (think Dorothy Sayers) and historical fiction.
What is one thing that not many people know about you?
I show horses in hunter/jumpers locally. Dogs I show competitively nationwide in agility; in 2021 my dog Prix won the AKC National Agility Championships and my dog Pixel was third at Westminster.