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Volunteer Spotlight: Sharon Babbs

11 Jul

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Sharon Babbs
Sharon has been a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association for about 16 years. She lost her mother to Alzheimer’s 15 years ago, so she knows firsthand what it means to be a family caregiver. She knew she wanted to become involved with the Association in some capacity, so 18 years ago Sharon participated in what was then called the Memory Walk. Today, of course, we know it as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Since that first Walk, Sharon has been a volunteer, helping in any way she can. She has taken on the role of advocate as well as Walk Chair and Logistics Chair for the Coastal Virginia Walk in Virginia Beach. Most recently, Sharon has been serving as that Walk’s Volunteer Coordinator. To quote her, Sharon tells us that “the Chapter office and everyone in it are my second family.”

When she is not in volunteer mode, Sharon is mother to her sons Chad, Brandon and Benjamin. She is wife to her husband Robbie. As if her proverbial plate isn’t already overflowing, Sharon is the gifted resource teacher to 544 students at Luxford Elementary School in Virginia Beach.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sally McClatchy

20 Jun

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Sally McClatchy is an extraordinary volunteer for the Southeastern Virginia Chapter. Sally serves as a co-facilitator our Norfolk Peers & Partners early stage support groups, an office volunteer, a community educator. Sally regularly shares with staff and fellow volunteers that her work with the Alzheimer’s Association is her passion and she loves to be a volunteer.

Sally is a nurse by training, having received her BSN in Nursing from the Medical College of Virginia and her MS in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University. She also completed a fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University. During her career, Sally served as an emergency room nurse and taught at the School of Nursing at DePaul Hospital. During the latter part of her career, Sally focused her work on health care quality assurance.

The Chapter is certainly very grateful to have such a talented, caring volunteer like Sally on our team!

Join us for A Day for Caregivers!

1 Jun

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The Alzheimer’s Association will host A Day for Caregivers Conference on June 20 in Hampton and June 22 in Franklin. The day-long conference is designed to provide family and professional caregivers with information and tools to enhance their skill sets and help them become more effective in their role.

This year we are excited to welcome two local experts who will lead us in extended hands-on workshops on two unique and interesting topics.  Maryann Toboz, Executive Director of Tidewater Arts Outreach, will provide a morning workshop on engaging those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the arts of all kinds. There are increasing bodies of research that demonstrate how music, visual arts, dance, and other forms of arts engagement not only provide opportunities for self-expression but increase mental and physical health outcomes of those living with a dementia diagnosis. This workshop will be sure to engage caregivers in all types of settings.

We will also welcome Lori Hasty, Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, who will facilitate a workshop on Validation Therapy. Validation Therapy is a holistic therapy that focuses on empathy and provides a means for Alzheimer’s patients to communicate. This therapeutic modality uses techniques for connecting with individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia that enhances their dignity and improves their quality of life. Lori has trained with the creator of Validation Therapy, Naomi Feil.

A Day for Caregivers will also include a morning overview of dementia and a research update during lunch.

The cost is $10 and includes breakfast, lunch, and five hours of CEUs. To register or learn more, click here.

A Day For Caregivers Registration Packet 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Micah Hunt

24 May

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MicahMicah first got involved with the Alzheimer’s Association in 2013 when he worked for Eagle Medical Transports, a proud sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.  As Micah learned more about the Association and its mission, his involvement and commitment increased.  Since 2013, Micah has been very engaged in the Walk as team captain and achieved Champion fundraiser status in 2014 (raising over $500) and 2016 (raising over $4,000).  In 2015, Micah was appointed to the Chapter’s Board of Directors, and in 2016 he volunteered to be an Advocacy Ambassador for the Association.  Over the past five years, Micah has done tremendous work raising awareness and funds for the Association.  Micah spends a lot of time out in the community and can frequently be seen dressed in purple, wearing his Alzheimer’s Association lapel pin.  Micah is also a social media guru and his frequent posts to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter have boosted the visibility of the Alzheimer’s Association considerably.  Thank you, Micah for making a difference every day and for your commitment to realizing a world without Alzheimer’s.

 

Why I Walk Wednesday with Tiffany Elston

20 Jul

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We walk in honor of my mom (Nana) who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s three years ago at the age of 49. 

We walk in support of my dad (Papa) and other caregivers out there that give so much of their time to care for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

We walk in memory of all those who have lost their battle with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, including my Grandma Tink.

And we walk to show our commitment to the cause and help in raising funds for the much needed research, in hopes that one day there is a cure.

Alzheimer’s knows no bounds and everyone is at risk! The Walk helps you realize you are not alone and together we can make a difference.

Please join with me and register for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

Thanks to The Longest Day participants

5 Jul

You did it! Thousands of teams raised millions to fight Alzheimer’s today. THANK YOU for your tireless efforts. As the sun sets on The Longest Day, we have hope for a world without Alzheimer’s! Here. in no certain order, are some of the teams that participated in The Longest Day in Southeastern Virginia to help #ENDALZ


The Upsilon Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. participated in The Longest Day from June 1 st through June 20th . They held several events during that time to help raise awareness and funds to honor those living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s and to support the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Pictured above is Christine Booth (L) giving Christine Warfel, our Chapter’s Development Coordinator the proceeds from their fundraising efforts.


The Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. helped raise awareness by planting Promise Garden flowers at Seton Manor Assisted Living Facility in Hampton. They also raised funds for research, care and support of those living with the challenges of Alzheimer’s.


partners_acbl2ACBL Bridge tournament at Governor’s Landing, Williamsburg. Hosted by Jane Farthing of Williamsburg Unit 101. Members of various ACBL Bridge clubs participated. Their combined efforts raised over $8,000!


Cooke Veterinary Medical Center in Chesapeake raised over $3,300. Dr. Denette Cooke (second row, first one on the left) and her staff held an Open House on June 4th, themed “Pets Helping People”.


Thanks as well to 757 Beats ALZ and First South Tours for putting on an interactive scavenger hunt in downtown Norfolk called “The Longest Day Festival”. The event included a scavenger hunt, walking tours, free art exhibits, live music, food, beer, wine tastings, raffles and even a cornhole tournament with cash prizes.


A big thanks to all of our participants that helped us reach beyond our fundraising goal this year. All of you made a difference in helping to #ENDALZ!

Purple Classics: A Cause-Marketing Strategic Partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association

17 Jun

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SERIES TO BE RELEASED ON JUNE 24, 2016

Naxos, the world’s leading classical music group, is joining the Alzheimer’s Association as a cause marketing strategic partner with the release of a new CD series, Purple Classics. The series will contain 10 recordings, each providing approximately 2 hours of classical music.

For every CD purchase or album download through June 23, 2017, Naxos will donate 50 cents to the Association, and for every album sold on iTunes or streamed on Apple Music, Naxos will donate $5.60, with a minimum donation of $25,000 to help fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and every 66 seconds someone develops the disease. It is the costliest disease and takes a physical and emotional toll on caregivers.

“The Alzheimer’s Association appreciates the support of Naxos through the sale of Purple Classics, with an estimated 5 million people living with the disease and more than 15 million caregivers, support for care, support and research programs are more critical than ever,” said Donna McCullough, chief development officer, Alzheimer’s Association.

Each recording in the Purple Classics series has been taken from the Naxos Records catalog which is one of the largest and deepest classical music catalogs in the world. The result makes Purple Classics the perfect foundation for a new classical music fan or for the seasoned listener.

Naxos of America CEO, Jeff Van Driel, stated,

“When creating Purple Classics, we wanted to use our vast catalog of classical recordings to help bring awareness to this incredibly important cause, make a difference in the research, care and support and help eventually find a cure. Naxos of America would like to thank the Alzheimer’s Association for the opportunity to join them as a strategic partner with the Purple Classics and to help end this devastating illness.”

Purple Classics includes the following titles:

Purple Classics presents The Classical Music Collection

Purple Classics presents The Baroque Collection

Purple Classics presents Quiet Time: The Music of Mozart

Purple Classics presents Timeless Piano Favorites

Purple Classics presents The String Quartet Collection

Purple Classics presents Elegant Dinner Music

Purple Classics presents Favorite Overtures

Purple Classics presents Chants for Meditation

Purple Classics presents Ballet Highlights

Purple Classics presents Unicorns & Castles: Medieval & Renaissance Music

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