I’ve worked in senior health care for over 10 years, often helping those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease live the best best life possible. I am so blessed to be apart of an amazing waiver based program in Illinois called The Supportive Living Program. We are able to help 65 and older by providing assistant and help for all those in need and be able to offer financial assistance to make it affordable for all.
I also had the honor to help and participate in getting a license from the state so we can add a Supportive Living memory care in addition to our current community at The Pointe at Pontiac which in turn will be able to help even more seniors with receiving the care they need in a loving, family home like environment.
My story also has a very personal side to it. My grandfather was a man with a heart of gold. He would of given his shirt off his back for people. He recently passed away due to a form of Dementia. Which is why this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is so important to me. This year, I will walk for multiple purposes. I will walk for my residents, and for my grandpa Jerry Cullum.
People often call The Walk to End Alzheimer’s the world’s largest support group. If you look at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, you will find so many stories, so many people searching for a cure. One in three seniors dies from Alzheimer’s or another dementia. There is no cure for Alzheimer's. And without a cure, the numbers of people effected are expected to triple by 2050.
My vision is a world without Alzheimer's. One way you can help us make that happen is by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. The money raised goes directly to Alzheimer's programs and services—such as our 24/7Helpline, care consultation, education and support groups—as well as research ,all in support of individuals and families, like mine, who have been directly affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias.
By walking with us, you can honor the life of a loved one who has dementia, or remember the life of someone you lost to the disease, such as my Grandpa Cullum.
The walk to end Alzheimer is a celebration of life, and the collective hope that we all hold that, by walking together, we are moving towards a future with a cure.
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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