Tag Archives: Southeastern Virginia Chapter

The Longest Day: Start an anywhere team!

28 Feb



You can live anywhere and participate in The Longest Day. Join with friends and family across the country — or even the world — and form a team that is active from multiple locations. We have tools to help you with scheduling your day and staying connected, even if you can’t be face to face on June 21. Start your Anywhere Team now.

The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes that some teams/individuals may have conflicts or challenges with participating on the summer solstice, Wednesday, June 21. As a participant in The Longest Day, you can fundraise and honor those affected by Alzheimer’s in a way, and on a day, that works with your schedule. What will you do?

The Longest Day is a team event to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association®. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Teams are encouraged to create their own experience as they fundraise and participate in an activity they love to honor someone facing the disease.

Why I Walk Wednesday with Becky Watson

19 Oct


I’m very proud to walk in RHYTHM with my purple DRUMs during numerous Alzheimer’s Association  Southeastern Virginia Chapter Walks. These beautiful, light and inviting drums create JOY and SMILES with just a gentle tap of the finger or hands … anyone can play a drum!

Music – specifically rhythm – helps people with dementia reconnect in the present moment or environment. With our group music therapy programs for people living with dementia, rhythm is a primary intervention used to engage, energize, and empower.

I love walking and drumming during Alzheimer’s Association Walks because the cadence and rhythm invites others to join me, marching in step to the same beat, synchronicity and entertainment. Drumming also fosters a sense of playfulness or release of anger and tension. It can also help in decreasing social isolation and the building of positive relationships and connections.

It is always a pleasure and honor to find my own rhythm and serve older adults with dementia with energizing music therapy programs. Even though their brains are declining in cognitive functioning, they can still tap to a beat, dance, move and sing with such rhythms, zestenjoyment and laughter!

Join Becky Watson this weekend at the Williamsburg Walk register now.

Aces for Alzheimer’s

18 Oct


Organizers, Austin Beale (L) and Alex Loope (R), members of the Norfolk Collegiate School’s tennis team, held Aces for Alzheimer’s, a doubles tennis tournament, at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club this past Saturday, October fifteenth.

Alex was motivated to start this event after the loss of his grandfather to Alzheimer’s. Participants included students from Norfolk Collegiate School, Norfolk Academy, and Maury High School. In total, the event raised over a thousand dollars.

You can join Austin and Alex by registering and raising funds for The Longest Day.

Volunteer Spotlight: Theresa Davis

14 Oct


Theresa has a long history with the Association – over 25 years.  She was one of the Chapter’s first executive directors, advocating and providing support for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers during the infancy of Alzheimer’s awareness.  When she decided to pursue a different career path in the health profession, she continued to be a dedicated volunteer, fundraiser, and champion for those we serve.  In fact, Theresa was recognized in 2004 as an Outstanding Volunteer.  For over the past 16 years, she has dedicated her time to being a support group co-facilitator in Norfolk, helping families cope with the daily challenges of the disease.  Her commitment to the mission of the Association is ever evident and steadfast.


Why I Walk Wednesday with Amelia Erickson

12 Oct


Earlier this year, my mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 52.
I don’t think I’ll ever again feel the feeling that I did when I received the news. Just a simple phone call and my body went numb. I felt like the Earth had dropped from beneath me. There was no way that it was true. Eventually, it sank in, and now I am going to do what I can to help others who have experienced the same feeling.

The doctors said that my mother developed the disease sometime in her early 40’s. She raised two children, switched careers, and excelled at everyday life while this thing was trying to hold her back. It didn’t slow her down until 10 years later. Her struggle and my family’s fight are the reasons I am doing this walk. I have experienced what this disease does to a loved one, and it takes a toll on anyone to watch. My heart goes out to anyone caring for, or with this life-stealing thing that they call Alzheimer’s. No one deserves to be taken by this disease, and I want to help ensure that. God does everything for a reason, so I am going to make the most with the hand of cards that were dealt! I was lucky enough to have some great friends that pledged to help me, and when we walk on campus in October, we are walking for all of those who cant walk for themselves.

We are walking to end Alzheimer’s and I hope you guys join us for the cause.

Why I Walk Wednesday with Joan Stevens

4 Oct


My husband Tom was a manager of Reynolds Metal in Phoenix Arizona. He had an easy nature, loved to play golf and after he retired would often play 18 holes in the morning and then again in the afternoon.

Our lives changed the day he went out to play golf and wasn’t able to find his way back home. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the last time he played. At the time I relied on a day center of folks with Alzheimers. It met from ten to two and gave me some much needed time. Tom then moved into a wonderful Alzheimers facility that had just been built. At that point, he had lost his ability to talk. I saw him three times a week and often we would just hold hands and spend time together. I will never forget the day he came up to me after I had arrived, looked into my eyes, put his hands on my cheeks and kissed my face all over. For that moment everything was as it was before the disease took the Tom I knew away.

I am grateful for all the support I received by those who knew about this disease. I remember my greatest insight was that when you look at someone with Alzheimers to never forget that there is something, someone there. I will walk in Tom’s memory.

Join me and Walk to End Alzheimer’s! 

Why I Walk Wednesday with Latoya Hilliard

28 Sep


I have to say this has been one of the hardest stories I have ever had to write but its the easiest decision at least for me.  My grandmother has always been the foundation of our family and it was hard for me to watch all of her memories slowly slip away. It was like she never existed in her own mind. She will always be in my heart.  She was diagnosed in 2001 and she passed away in 2007. I walk for her and the other families’ grandparents. If it was not for her, I would not be who I am today. My family feels the same way. We walk for her and we will continue to walk until they find a cure.

Join me and Walk to End Alzheimer’s!