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I have become involved in a local group called Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates (LAMAA). I have always been interested in the brain, how it works, how we learn, why some things seem to “click” while others never soak in. I wonder why some people have a strong ability in maths and sciences, while others of us are strong in the arts. Ever since Ronad Reagan announced his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s in 1994, I’ve had an interest in this disease.
The LAMAA group was formed in our area through Alzheimer’s Association and some people directly affected by the disease. Their goal is to be a place where people can go for information on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. They are a local resource for what we have to offer in our area for care and diagnosis, support groups and education. A few of them were speaking at the library earlier this year. I attended their presentation and asked if I could do a story on this topic for our local women’s magazine, Her Voice.
I ended up joining this group and have started a blog for them. The story I wrote on Alzheimer’s will be in the November issue of Her Voice. I’ll be sharing the link when it’s available.
If you or someone you know is experiencing the difficult diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia, this blog is here for you. If you live in the Brainerd lakes area of Minnesota, we offer some resources for you, and the LAMAA group would love to speak to your group or organization. This disease affects everyone in a community.
LAMAA blog and email.
Brainerd area Walk to End Alzheimer’s link. The walk will be Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 9:00 at the Kiwanis Park in Brainerd.
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Journaling Prompt: Do you ever struggle with how much to volunteer or give away of your time and talents? What causes get you up and walking?
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My husband’s grandmother and my grandfather both suffered from Alzheimer’s. Thanks for this, Mary.
That’s wonderful you got involved!
Thank you so much for bringing awareness to Alzheimer’s. A few years back I was the nursing coordinator for an Alzheimer’s unit. They are a very special group of people. It is wonderful that you are using your talents and gifts to offer support and encouragement.
(I am passing on this blog post to a very dear friend who has a family member with early stage Alzheimer’s.)
Mary, I’m proud of you and the work you’re starting and doing for this group. You’re really using your talents to make a difference. You will be richly rewarded. 🙂 I, too, think the brain is amazing! I’m thankful that mine is still working fairly well…most of the time. 🙂
What a fabulous cause. I really like how you’ve taken the bull by the horns with this. And for me, I struggle with how much to volunteer, or more accurately, how ethical it is to keep from volunteering when I still have small children at home.
Its good that you can volunteer. Right now, its hard for me to volunteer due to medical issues and I am feeling useless. I used to serve at my local church.