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Volunteer Hampton Roads honors ALZSEVA Volunteer

23 Mar

Conducted annually, the Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards recognize the region’s most outstanding volunteers based on their length of service, initiative and impact on the community.  These men, women and youth have inspiring stories that encourage others to serve. This year our volunteer Robert Fanning will be among the honorees at the 41st annual event on Wednesday, April 13 at the Founders Inn & Spa.

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Robert Fanning seen here in a t-shirt given to him by our staff for his 85th Birthday

Robert (Bob) Fanning, age 85, volunteers 15 hours a week at the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia chapter, for a total of more than 4,000 hours since 2009. Bob is the most dedicated, conscientious volunteer any organization could ask for – he even comes into the office on snow days and holidays when the office is closed!

Bob has applied his problem-solving and analytical abilities to many tasks such as organizing the chapter library, making it easier for the public to access ; creating, editing, and printing a manual of local resources, which is distributed to more than 600 families annually throughout southeastern Virginia; and collecting constituent data and entering it in various databases and spreadsheets. An amateur photographer, Bob has ably recorded many chapter events and milestones.

But Bob is much more to our chapter than the sum of his technical skills. Bob’s wife Mary died of Alzheimer’s, which gives him the personal experience, compassion, and insight to provide wisdom to families dealing with the disease; he facilitates two monthly caregiver support groups and has told his story in person and on video to assist others navigating the same journey. Bob has taken an active part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past ten years, walking in memory of his wife and helping to raise funds to support research and programs.

Bob’s intelligence, kindness, and quick wit make him a valued part of our chapter family. He is a welcome part of chapter events and social occasions, and he is someone to whom staff members turn for support and counsel. Bob Fanning is a powerful role model for active, productive, engaged aging, and we are the richer for having him in our organization. We are so glad that he is being recognized and rewarded for his extraordinary dedication and service.
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If you would like to join in the celebration at the 41st Annual Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards – Purchase Tickets Here

Wednesday April 13, 2016 at The Founders Inn & Spa
5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception, cash bar • 6:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and dinner
Tickets $50.00

Alzheimer’s Association mourns death of former first lady and alzheimer’s disease champion

7 Mar

Nancy Reagan At Claridges Hotel In London - 1989 Ronald Reagan (died June 2004) Picture Desk ** Pkt4186-304654

CHICAGO, March 6, 2016 – The Alzheimer’s Association was saddened to learn of the passing of former First Lady and Alzheimer’s advocate, Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan was a long-standing honorary member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Board of Directors, and her involvement in the cause inspired the Alzheimer’s community of families, caregivers and researchers.

In 1994, U.S. President Ronald Reagan shared that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, with an open letter to the American people writing, “In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.” Following this brave announcement of the diagnosis, Mrs. Reagan used her voice to represent families and increase awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

“The Alzheimer’s Association mourns the loss of First Lady Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan and President Reagan bravely shared his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease with the world in 1994. This was at a time when Alzheimer’s disease was truly in the shadows and together they began to change the conversation about Alzheimer’s disease for millions,” said Harry Johns, president and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association. “The public disclosure of their Alzheimer’s experience created an enormous, and much needed upsurge of interest in the disease from the general public and government officials. It was our honor to work with Mrs. Reagan over the years to raise awareness and inspire progress in Alzheimer’s research.”

The Alzheimer’s Association offers sincere condolences to the Reagan family. We do not take for granted the amazing influence Mrs. Reagan had as an advocate for the Alzheimer’s cause, and we will continue to aggressively pursue greater awareness, support for families and research that will slow, stop and ultimately cure Alzheimer’s disease.

About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.