Bill Heibein is a retired accountant from Kakabeka Falls near Thunder Bay. He was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2000 at age 59.
Heibein advocates locally, provincially, and nationally with the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health at Lakehead University. He was awarded the “Excellence in Dementia” award in 2013 by the North West Dementia Network.
As a member of the Ontario Dementia Advisory Group, he is working alongside government officials and key stakeholders to develop an Ontario dementia strategy. Heibein and his wife Heather own and operate Amethyst Farms where they raise, train and show registered quarter horses.
Westfort Productions in Thunder Bay put together a video where he gives viewers an inside look into his daily life living well with dementia.