Ellen's Walk Donation Page
Dear Friends and Family:
This year we lost two people dear to us: Allan's mother, Mary and our close family friend, Sam. Although both lived into their 90's and led productive, active lives filled with joy, they (like my father Len) also experienced dementia and its many resulting struggles in the latter years of their lives.
We also said goodbye to Edith--a 96 year old woman who lived in her own home and enjoyed the pleasures of being fully engaged in life until the very end. She exemplifies what we all want--living a full and independent life almost to her last day.
Likewise, my mother, Ethel (pictured above), continues with her active life at the age of 93-- going out with her friends from across the age spectrum, volunteering, exercising, and continuing to meet and befriend new people.
Wouldn't we all want to be like Edith and Ethel at that age?
This year the Alzheimer's Association has rolled out a new ad called "The First Survivor" which highlights their goal of eliminating Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, hopefully within the lifetime of many of us.
Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing?
Every Monday I spend half of my work day with a group of individuals that are experiencing early memory loss. They are a wonderfully kind, caring and supportive group of people that are trying to learn as much as they can to help themselves stay as healthy as possible. Many also take advantage of the varied support services offered by the Alzheimer's Association. But they worry about what the future holds for them.
Wouldn't it be great if we could prevent Alzheimer's and find a cure for those that already are experiencing changes?
If you agree, I hope you will consider contributing to the Alzheimer's Association. At the end of September, I will be Walking to End Alzheimer's. I hope you'll consider supporting this worthy cause!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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