Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen Clements

3 Dec

Ellen Clements

In Ellen Clements’ family, Alzheimer’s disease has had a significant impact. For her dad, a brilliant man who read maps for fun, wandering and confusion about where he was were two telling signs of the effects of the disease. Through her experiences with her sister, Ellen has become very knowledgeable about caregiving and the steps that families should take when supporting a family member.

Ellen first connected with the Alzheimer’s Association through Volunteer Hampton Roads, and she is always looking for ways to reach out to groups to raise awareness and help families. “I bring up the conversation and let people know I’m a Community Educator.”

“And, I think that my family experiences give me credibility,” Ellen said. “It’s been a journey, and it helps people to know that I have been through it myself.”

Ellen attended the University of Delaware and then graduated from Humboldt State University in California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in communications. “I know that’s an odd combination, but it works to help me stay organized and to be able to relate well to people,” she says.

Ellen received her Certification in Christian Education in the United Methodist Church through courses at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C., and is a retired Christian educator and a Biblical storyteller. Her son is a voice actor, and Ellen took a class to learn the art of voice acting.

Ellen has lived in Virginia Beach for about 26 years and has been married for over 40 years. In addition to her son, Ellen has a daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren. She is active in the community, spends a lot of time at the library and participates in book studies with members of the Women’s Faith Focus group at Community UMC in Virginia Beach.

With her family history in mind, Ellen is focused on keeping active, exercising, eating healthier and learning new things. “There is hope, but it’s a difficult disease, and I want to understand it the best that I can,” she said.

Joy for All companion pets provide carefree pet ownership

19 Nov

To celebrate National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a new corporate partner – Ageless Innovation – is launching an Alzheimer’s Association program in Kroger Pharmacies, featuring Joy for All Companion Pets. Joy for All Companion Pets are designed to enhance the quality of life for elder adults by providing carefree pet ownership, the comfort and joy of a playful companion and peace of mind for family caregivers.

Throughout November and December, 250 Kroger Pharmacy locations will sell special edition Joy for All Companion Pets, with packaging featuring caregiver health information from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Local participating Kroger Pharmacies:

  • Suffolk: 1017 University Blvd.
  • Virginia Beach: 3901 Holland Rd.
  • Chesapeake: 1653 Sentinel Dr.

For more information go to www.joyforall.com/pages/our-story.

Support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act

13 Nov

Today, we rally together in support of the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256)! We need your voice to help urge Congress to support this important legislation that would improve the quality of life for all Americans facing this devastating disease.

There are 5.7 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and 16.1 million who provide care. The BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would facilitate translational, cutting-edge research, like recent findings from the SPRINT MIND study, into public health interventions through the CDC’s traditional public health strategies.

Join us in calling on Congress to support the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256) to address Alzheimer’s as an urgent public health issue. For more information, visit: p2a.co/YVJ6QYQ

 

Community Forum: Tabb Library

7 Nov

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Tabb Library (100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown) SEVA will host a Community Forum to give attendees an opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. Most importantly, the forum will also give SEVA staff the chance to learn how we can help provide support in the York County area.

Light refreshments will be served, and registration is requested. To register, visit Community Resource Finder or call 800.272.3900.

Why I Walk with Marina Dailey

10 Oct

Why I Walk with Marina Dailey, Team Captain of Yolanda and Shirley’s Angels

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I have experienced this terrible disease with two very important loved ones that meant the world to our family. First, my Grandmother, Shirley B. Perry was a loving sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. She would do anything for anyone. She was an independent and hardworking woman owning her own bakery business. She was very good at her job from making wedding cakes to decorating the local hospital. She especially loved to dance. Elvis was her favorite. She suffered from this terrible disease for a very long time. She passed away on March 14, 2017, at age 78. She is truly missed by her family and friends.
Not long after my sweet grandmother passed, my mother, Yolanda M. Gavaris, was diagnosed. My mother was a very young and beautiful woman. She was a sweet soul, who just loved anyone for who they were. She was only about 48 years old when she was diagnosed with this terrible disease. She passed away on April 9, 2018, at the age of 52 with her three children by her side.

They both are finally at peace with the Lord up in Heaven. They both are missed terribly by their loved ones and friends. I am honoring both of them by doing the walk to raise money and awareness.

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 or join me at a walk near you!

Join Marina at alz.org/walk

Why I Walk with Theresa Sawyer

3 Oct

Why I Walk with Theresa Sawyer, Team captain of Edward Jones-Forget- Me- Nots Virginia Beach

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I’m leading the way to Alzheimer’s first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. I witnessed the effects this disease had on my grandfather and all his family as he suffered from Alzheimer’s.  It is not an easy ordeal for anyone involved. 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.

I am so proud of my company, EDWARD JONES, in becoming the national sponsor for the Alzheimer’s Association.  I am honored to join my fellow associates and community members in these walks around our country.  I will be walking for my grandfather, Jimmy Owens, and all the others I know that have faced this disease.

I hope you will join us at alz.org/walk!

 

Why I Walk with Alice Beaton

26 Sep

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I walk for my Dad (Team Richard) my hero. He lived with Alzheimer’s for 10 years. It was so sad to see his decline. And even times he knew there was just “somethings not right”.  He lived his last three years in the nursing home.

He didn’t know me but I always knew him and I was with him at least every other day.

I don’t want another daddy’s girl to have to take that journey.

Now. I feel like raising money for Alzheimer’s is all I have left to do for my dad

Alice Beaton
Western Tidewater Walk

Join Alice at alz.org/walk