Meet our Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's Nanaimo Honouree: Anne Jarvie
The Anne Jarvie Garden grows outside of Eden Gardens, a specialized care home for people living with dementia and a place Anne Jarvie never had the opportunity to stay.
Anne was a lifelong Nanaimo resident, mother of three, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of seven more, who all still call the harbour city home. Anne’s epic history in Nanaimo was written alongside Bill Jarvie, donor to the development of Eden Gardens and family patriarch now grieving the loss his wife after a lifetime of memories together.
“I’m still in love with her,” Bill says. “Everybody she knew loved her. She was famous for that. She never had a bad word for anybody and I never heard anyone say anything bad about her. She was perfect. I know that sounds like bragging because she was my girl, but it’s true.”
Anne’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease came after their children began recognizing symptoms – signs Bill didn’t want to acknowledge and blamed on her age. They connected with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. through First Link® dementia support and became clients of the Society’s fitness and social program Minds in Motion®.
When Anne transitioned into long-term care, Bill began supporting the development of a care home tailored to support people living with dementia. He made a sizeable donation towards the launch of Eden Gardens’ newest location in Nanaimo. It wasn’t completed in time enough for Anne, who died in the spring of 2016.
“Spend as much time as you can together,” Bill offers to others starting along their own dementia journeys. “I took my wife out every afternoon and when she died I said to myself, I didn’t spend enough time. We had a wonderful life. We were married for 67 years and we never had a disagreement of any kind. Life was beautiful."
Walk for Anne and her family at the Nanaimo Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's on Sunday, May 6. Together, we make memories matter.