Alan Arnette is an Alzheimer’s advocate, professional speaker and mountaineer.
He took early retirement in 2007 at age 51 from Hewlett-Packard to oversee the care for his mother, Ida, who had Alzheimer’s. He has become a well-known Alzheimer’s advocate and spokesperson for Alzheimer’s research, caregiver support, education and awareness.
He is an acclaimed professional speaker who brings a message of hope, need and urgency to audiences around the globe. During his nearly 30 year career at HP; his roles ranged from general management to marketing, R&D and sales, including international assignments.
Alan began climbing at age 38 and has climbed on some of the world’s highest peaks. He has now completed over 36 major expeditions, including summiting Mt. Everest in 2011, K2 in 2014, plus all 58 of his Colorado 14,000 foot mountains which is a surprise to his friends and family in Memphis where he was born.
Alan shares his experiences though social media channels and on his website www.alanarnette.com. He is sought out to comment on mountaineering and Alzheimer’s events for global media outlets. He is a contributor to National Geographic, Rock and Ice plus Outside Magazines on mountaineering subjects. Outside called him “one of the world’s most respected chronicler of Everest.” His followers total over 3 million people.
His innovative Alzheimer’s awareness and fund raising projects have included climbing the highest mountain on each of the 7 continents in under a year and summiting K2, the world’s hardest mountain at age 58, setting an American record. He has reached over 55 million people and raised over $400,000 for research.