Season Two of The Problem is dedicated to Dr. Mary Guerriero Austrom, who played a critical leadership role within the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center over nearly three decades, leading its outreach and recruitment core. She focused intensely on easing caregiver stress and bringing underrepresented communities to participate in Alzheimer’s disease research, forming an exceptional Community Advisory Board to guide and facilitate these efforts. She will be widely remembered for her influence on improving dementia caregiver education locally, nationally and internationally and will be greatly missed in the Alzheimer’s disease research community.
As the school’s associate dean for diversity affairs, Austrom left an indelible mark on the culture of the school as she transformed the approach to diversity. She was committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone could flourish.