This year our walk will be different, though more important than ever, The COVID 19 pandemic prevents us from gathering as large group, so instead smaller groups/teams will be walking all over the county wearing our purple t-shirts and carrying signs to promote awareness. The pandemic is especially hard on persons living with Alzheimer's and other dementia and their family caregivers. Sheltering in place increases isolation and in many cases prevents families from taking advantage of community resources for respite and and other supports. Worse, are those situations where a member of a family is living in assisted living or memory care and is unable to see those they love and depend on for comfort and reassurance due to safety measures now in place..
This year, as always, I will be walking to honor those who are currently living with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, those I have lost (my dad Orrie Paller and my mother-in-law Betty Newfield), as well as to honor all family caregivers who dedicate much of their own lives to serve as helpmates to their loved ones.
I commit myself throughout the year as a family support group facilitator and public policy advocate in addition to being a member of the planning committee for the Santa Cruz Walk to End Alzheimer's. I am doing all I can to change the trajectory of this disease and I would be most grateful for your support of a donation or by joining my team. Donors will be invited to join me and a special chef via Zoom to prepare a tasty dinner on Saturday, October 10!
With heartfelt thanks,
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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