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Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Frances

8 Aug

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Mary Frances is a long time volunteer and advocate at the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She started with the chapter back in 1997, after her mother, Frances Wade Newsome, passed away as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. Before her mother died, Mary Frances had promised her mother she would help other people with dementia. Mary Frances connected with the chapter and started a support group at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Franklin, VA. Mary Frances and The Rev. David Johnson, from Sedley Baptist Church, were trained by Chapter staff to each be a facilitator of a support group, for their area. Together they helped many families and caregivers find the support they needed. In 1998, she was appointed to our chapter’s Board of Directors. Then, in 1999, she became employed as the chapter’s full-time Educational Outreach Coordinator, working out of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Sadly, in December of 2000, Mary Frances was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s.  As a result, she had to step down from her full-time position in 2001. The diagnosis further fueled her passion to make a difference as a dedicated volunteer and advocate.  Mary Frances and her supportive husband, Jimmy, secured a building for the chapter in 2005.  She and Jimmy enlisted the help of community volunteers to clean up and rebuild the vacant structure to fit the needs of the Association.  Due to damage from severe flooding, the office was closed in 2010.  

Mary Frances continues to be an extremely committed volunteer. In fact, she and Jimmy have been publicly recognized by the chapter as Outstanding Volunteers. Currently, she co-facilitates a support group in Franklin which meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month, as well as assists with managing support group facilitators in the area. She and Jimmy are still good friends with Executive Director of the SEVA Chapter, Gino Colombara and his wife Grace.

When Mary Frances is not volunteering with the chapter, she and Jimmy also volunteer at the Episcopal Church in Franklin where they assist at the camp grounds over the summer and manage activities at the church. Mary Frances is also a self-proclaimed animal fanatic and cherishes her beloved dog Candy Campbell, a Dachshund-Pug mix.

We are so thankful to have Mary Frances as both a dedicated volunteer and advocate! If you are interested in volunteering with our chapter, you can learn more information on our website at http://www.alz.org/seva/in_my_community_104988.asp

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

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10 Ways To Love Your Brain

3 Nov

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The ENGAGE Study

29 Sep

“Do you know someone who has memory problems or trouble thinking clearly?
If so, you may be interested in the clinical research study called the ENGAGE Study. The ENGAGE Study is looking at the efficacy and safety of an investigational medication in people experiencing symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease, such as problems with memory or thinking clearly. The study will determine whether the investigational medication can slow progression of the condition. “ Or you can call 1.800.272.3900 and ask for TrialMatch®

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