She will present an overview of dementia and will describe 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, explaining what to look out for in friends, family and neighbors. In Connecticut, 70,000 people have with dementia.
Cusato is the southwestern regional director for the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter, for which she coordinates and implements all services and programs for those with the disease and related dementias as well as families, professionals and the general public.
She received a bachelor's degree in communications from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and has 22 years working in the television industry. Her career path began at Cable 6 TV in Middletown, N.Y. She went on to KCBD in Lubbock, Texas, and then spent nine years at WTNH in New Haven as an anchor/reporter.
After spending four years in San Diego working at KUSI-TV, she returned to Connecticut in 2009 to help take care of her mother, who had been diagnosed with Lewy body dementia.
She returned to WTNH News 8 as the co-anchor of "Good Morning Connecticut."
She has emceed the Walk to End Alzheimer's for the past two years in New Haven, and late in 2011 left News 8 to join the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.