At the Alzheimer's Association, it truly is about the people - those we serve, support, advocate on behalf of and ultimately champion as they face Alzheimer's disease. Here one woman shares her journey with us.
My name is Jane Brook and my husband Geoff was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2010 at the age of 67.
On this day of thanks and gratitude, I want to share how the Alzheimer's Association has been such a help as Geoff and I navigate the twists and turns of this disease and its impact on our lives and our future. I also ask that you help support these critical services with an end-of-year donation.
The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline has been a source of answers and reassurances for us. It was also through the Alzheimer's Association that I learned about MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association® Safe Return, a live 24-hour emergency response for wandering and medical emergencies. I came to need this service earlier this year when Geoff wandered from our home. He was thankfully located several hours later.
Geoff and I have also been involved in an early stage support group in the area near Rockford where we live. I have recently started taking the educational program, Living with Alzheimer's: For Middle-Stage Caregivers. As our time together changes, I find that this support group is offering me realistic and caring recommendations to be the caregiver I want and need to be. I am blessed with a strong support system in my family and friends to help me as the caregiver. However, I find the Alzheimer's Association has the expertise necessary for us to walk the path that Geoff's illness requires.
Please consider an end-of-year donation to the Alzheimer's Association. The need is great and more people like Jane and Geoff need services and support. Thank you.