Dawn Bergacker

Memory challenged wise woman

I was a librarian for most of my adult life. I have a business degree (BBA/MIS) and a library degree (MA/LIS). I worked as a supervisor/manager in a public library. I was a manager of two small corporate libraries. I took eight years off to raise children, and then substituted in school libraries and public library branches until I found a half-time position at the local community college as a reference & instruction librarian, and transitioned to full-time work as my children got older.

In 2018 I took partial retirement. I didn’t know what was wrong, but I had too much brain fog to continue working full-time. Worst of all I started losing my place while I was doing classroom library instruction. In the summer of 2020 I was diagnosed with Mild Neurocognitive Disorder (mNCD). I was told that if I’m careful I probably won’t lose any more of my cognitive abilities, but I won’t be getting any back either. So, I am using my research librarian skills to find recommendations by competent and experienced experts for maintaining healthy brain function, and I’m doing my best to follow those guidelines. And, as a little therapy for myself, I’m sharing that information on this blog. I hope my blog will be helpful to others who have been told they have a mild cognitive disorder.

I am also a part-time UU church office admin, wife, and mom of two young adults. I love hiking, camping, and beaches. My husband and I have lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and we’ve been living now in Colorado for over 25 years. I grew up in Minnesota and lower Michigan.

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