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

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