This year I dedicate my fundraising efforts to my grandmother, "Gram", Dorothy Hall. An intelligent, passionate, often difficult, always interesting woman through life ~ her last years with dementia were a time for the two of us to spend sweetly together. Our visits were peaceful, she expressed appreciation and enjoyment when we were together and I love dreading to her, looking through memories, singing with her. I learned in these years that dementia has opportunities for connection if you allow the space and presence with a loved one. And, I will be forever grateful to the Skokos Family for their extraordinary care during her last 5 years.
I've seen how Alzheimer's can put a family on hold, elicit huge fear and a sense of desperation. And, I am repeatedly impressed and moved by the comfort, support, enlightenment and hope the Alzheimer's Association can bring to these individuals and families. As difficult as an Alzheimer's, or any dementia, diagnosis can be ~ there are ways to maximize the moments, reduce the battles and frustrations, and learn to have some normalcy, ease and/or support with the new challenges and realities.
No one needs to face Alzheimer's alone. THIS is why I participate. We know the numbers are rapidly increasing - it is unlikely Alzheimer’s or dementia will not directly touch you in your lifetime.
Let's get support available to those in need, and let's find a CURE and END Alzheimer's in our lifetime!
I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer's!
Thank you for helping us advance Alzheimer's support, care and research!
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