Chair, IOA External Advisory Board
Orien Reid Nix, Board Chair
Orien Reid Nix
|In April, 2009, Orien Reid Nix was appointed as the Institute on Aging's External Advisory Board Chair. Ms. Reid was the first woman to ever hold the position as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association and is currently the Vice Chair of Alzheimer's Disease International - in addition to being a respected advocate and media personality in the Philadelphia area. She is also a Member of the National Advisory Council on Aging and an Advisory Board Member for the National Institutes of Health Council of Councils. In addition to being a Charter Member of the Montgomery County of Pennsylvania Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and a Member of Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Ms. Reid works with Jefferson Hospital's Farber Institute for Neurosciences and the Dickens Auxiliary Board of Abington Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Reid, who often characterizes herself as a baby boomer with a family history of dementia, learned first-hand the struggles and sacrifices of caring for a person with a chronic neurological disorder. She was her mother's primary caregiver while also looking after her own young children. She has testified before Congress about the need for increased funding for Alzheimer's research and patient-care programs. Ms. Reid's mother died of Alzheimer's at 75 years old; her grandmother, aunt and uncle also had Alzheimer's. Ms. Reid earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark College and a Master's Degree from the Atlanta University School of Social Work in Atlanta, Georgia.