I am married and live in Munich with my wife. For 34 years, I worked as a development engineer of semiconductor devices in the telecommunications industry, until my diagnosis. I am also a member of the Advisory Board of People Living with Dementia, founded by the German Alzheimer association (Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft). My favorite hobbies are gardening and computer technology.
Bernd Heise was nominated to join the group in 2018, by the Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft Selbsthilfe Demenz and became a Vice-Chairperson in October 2020.