Quote of the Day: Alzheimer’s is like a thief. It comes in and steals away parts of a person. First it’s memories, then driving ability, then self-care. You can never catch this theif. But, our Walk to End Alzheimer’s is taking a step in the right direction. Summary of the speech by Ken Thomas, honorary family at the Brainerd area Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Ken is a local radio personality. He and his sisters, and family, walked together to honor their father who passed away earlier this year from Alzheimer’s.
Here they are celebrating after the walk.
His granddaughter is stealing the show!
The Brainerd area of Minnesota raised over $72,000.00 for Alzheimer’s research and to provide current needs of today’s patients and caregivers.
I was happy to be walking with all these generous people. It was a glorious morning, cool and crisp and sunny. People wrapped their arms around each other to show that they care.
Walk Chair Person, Pam, and her mom.
From the tiniest of citizens
She won this prayer shawl, made by Pam’s mom, for being the youngest “walker”.
To those who have been around a few more years.
For more photos and story click over to our LAMAA blog. (Lakes Area Memory Awareness Advocates.)
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Journaling Prompt: Do you know someone who has suffered from Alzheimer’s or dementia? What have you done to help?
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My grandfather had dementia and it was sad seeing him lose his mind like that. He passed away several years ago. I am starting to help care for a lady that has alziemer’s and I’m not too sure what to expect. She can do most things ok, but still needs assistance going to walking. I pray that I can be of some help to her family. It’s great that you participated in the walk. Due to my own illness, I can not do walks and that sort of stuff. May God Bless your efforts.
What a wonderful show of support for such a sad disease. I like seeing the range in age of the walkers. I also love to walk, and it’s nice to see people come together in a walk so full of meaning like this.
Mary, what a resounding success! I’m so proud of you for getting involved in such a worthy cause. We did get a great day for walking, didn’t we?
That’s awesome you did the walk. I don’t know anyone who suffers, but some day I might.
I am so proud to know you. I heart you. My nephew was recently diagnosed with genetic early onset Alzheimer’s. He is frightened.
He was just diagnosed. I need to get involved. It has hit home now. 🙁
How beautiful that they were able to raise so much! My grandmother has suffers with this and lives with my parents. My sister and I alternate with my uncle to give them a week off every month.
Such a devastating condition. How good that you’re doing what you can to fight against it.
This is a beautiful and touching post. I love how you get involved in your community! It appears that you guys had a large turnout!
My grandmother suffered from dementia during the last few years of her life. What is so neat, though, is that the last time I went to visit her, just two weeks before she died, she knew who I was and I have a picture of the two of us. She’s smiling. She hardlly ever smiled, even before the dementia hit!
Alzheimers and dementia are such horrible theifs. It’s good to know there are groups who are doing all they can to find a cure for them both.
What a great event! I wish I could have been there. Loved the pictures. You looked very happy and cute.
That is so wonderful to raise that amount!
My grandfather and my father had this and it is a heart breaking disease.
that is so very awesome. Alzheimer’s is so sad. such an awful thing to happen to someone. I hope that they are able to find a cure with that research!
Your words and pics really help to capture all the different lives that are touched when a loved one has Alzheimer’s. A few years back I was the coordinator for an Alzheimer’s unit–it was definitely one of my most favorite career experiences. Thank you for all you are doing.