Archive | August, 2018

Why I Walk with Beverly Covey

29 Aug

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I am walking for my Dad who is coping the best he can with this disease and my mother Donna Covey who is his caregiver. They live in Elkins, West Virginia and I love him bunches!!! I can’t cure him but I sure can ask for donations to help find one. I hope you will consider contributing to my efforts to raise money. You can make a difference!

Beverly Covey
CoVA Walk to End Alzheimer’s®
Join Beverly at alz.org/walk

 

Why I Walk with Melissa Minkowski

8 Aug

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My dad was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55. My grandma Elsie (my dad’s mom) passed from Alzheimer’s. Oh, what I would’ve given to know then what I know now…

Now, my husband and I are now going through different forms of dementia with his parents. To see 3 of your 4 parental figures in your life go through dementia or Alzheimer’s is something that I’ve come to see as a sign to get involved, to spread the word, spread awareness, to get educated, to help others, to support others with whatever knowledge I pick up from the experiences that I’ve seen or endured. No one prepares you for what you have to do or see when you have to take care of your parents.

This walk is to honor not only my Dad, but my Mom who is amazing and loving and supports my dad and myself every day. This is also for our family/friends (because our friends are our family) that love him near and far. And it’s for those that are going through similar heartache and loss. I hope to help those that are new to this shift in “normal”. And to help everyone know that we are all together in this.

Please take the time to help educate, donate to research and development, walk with us or simply share this with your friends and family. Every little bit counts.

MELISSA MINKOWSKI
TEAM CAPTAIN OF WILLIE’S WALKERS
COASTAL VIRGINIA WALK

August Volunteer of the Month: Deborah Jordal

6 Aug

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Congratulations to our August Volunteer of the Month, Deborah Jordal! Deborah first connected with our Chapter in the late 90’s while doing a personal study about what would make life better for residents of assisted living facilities. Since then, she became a support group facilitator and later helped the chapter launch ArtMatters, an early stage engagement program. Deborah is a dedicated volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association because she wants to help families navigate the difficulties of an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis.

Deborah has lived a life of volunteerism and has always had an interest in helping those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In her teens, she worked and taught early education programs at the Jewish Community Center and explored dementia-related diseases and programs. Later on, she worked with Assisted Living Facilities to try to improve daily life for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Deborah spent a lot of time on the road, speaking at conferences and visiting facilities. She first volunteered with the Chapter as a facilitator for our caregiver support groups. She is now in the process of training to become a facilitator again after a few years away.

When Katie McDonough, the Chapter’s Director of Programs Public Policy, wanted to launch the ArtMatters program, she reached out to Deborah who studied art at the Virginia Commonwealth College of Art and Design. Together, Deborah and Katie launched the highly successful program. Meeting monthly at two locations in southeastern Virginia, ArtMatters has helped caregivers and their early-stage partners engage with one another. Deborah especially likes the ArtMatters program as it helps caregivers who are often overlooked and frustrated find the resources and engagement that they need.

When Deborah is not volunteering she likes to spend time with her husband Edward of 26 years and teenage daughter Ana. While Deborah has a background in psychology and art, she is now in the process of pursuing a Life Counseling Masters at Regent University. Deborah wants to continue to work to break down a bias towards aging, especially for young people.

We are so fortunate to have Deborah as a dedicated volunteer with our Chapter! To learn more about how you can volunteer, please visit our website at
https://www.alz.org/seva/in_my_community_104988.asp

Why I Walk with Faith Belote

1 Aug

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I walk to honor my father’s memory and my mother’s steadfast love and devotion as his caregiver over a ten-year journey. This couple worked hard and saved for retirement but the travel and relaxation were not as anticipated. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis stole those precious years. This long battle day by day took its toll on my mother until we convinced her that her health was just as important and placed my dad in memory care during the last two years. His death was bittersweet and I do miss him. Even towards the end, his gentle personality showed through the disease.

I walk because I want to see a cure in my lifetime. I want my children and the next generation to be free from Alzheimer’s disease. The health of our nation will be dramatically improved. To make progress, it must be a team effort. Therefore walking with my team and my community is important to the cause and helps to provide hope for the future.

Faith Belote