Meet Gloria Foster
Everyone who participates in the Walk for Alzheimer’s has their reason for being there. A spouse, a friend, for research.
For Gloria Foster, it’s “because of mom.”
When Gloria’s mom had Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer Society of Oxford’s support groups provided her with a sense of community. People shared what they were going through, she said, “And you found out you weren’t alone and you could ask questions. I found it very helpful.”
One of the things that she learned in the support group was that for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, they often hold on to music longer than other memories. When Gloria’s mom, Dorothy, was living in the Woodingford long-term care home, Gloria would sing her old hymns.
“Her face lit up, she really enjoyed that,” Gloria recalled. “You could see peace over her face, because she loved the Lord.”
Dorothy passed away at 93 years old, about four years after her diagnosis.
Gloria has been participating in the Walk for Alzheimer’s for nearly a decade. She reached a personal milestone over the past two years, raising more than $600 each year.
As soon as she receives the mail launching the fundraising campaign, Gloria starts sending emails. She reaches out to other tenants in her building and people at her church, where she’s heavily involved in everything from the soup kitchen to bible study.
Gloria enjoys the social element of the annual Walk. It’s a chance to catch up with people in the community while having a good time. And she likes to take advantage of the free massages and good snacks.
“It’s just a fun time. And you know the other people are going through what you went through.”
For all her fundraising success, Gloria has no intentions of stopping. As long as the Walk is on, she’ll be there.