Joyce Thompson was an outgoing person who loved to help people and feel useful. But because of the restrictions due to COVID-19 and the social isolation she has endured since March, her daughter Kerri said her mom's cognitive decline is great. Joyce lives with Alzheimer's disease.
Marianna and Stacey Speranza created a podcast The Business Casual to help young women find mentors and showcase female trailblazers. AS York's Andrea Ubell will be on the podcast Dec. 4. Stacey and Marianna are also raising money for AS York during the holiday season.
Antonella Morale Giles and her sister sister Belinda Morale Smith founded Rose & Flair Lifestyle. A portion of their yearly sales will be donated to AS York.
Holiday Giving Campaign - Sandy Howie reached out to the Alzheimer Society of York Region for support and services after her dad, Bruce, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Her dad calls his diagnosis the "biggest challenge of his life". Sandy said she is grateful for AS York's support.
Theresa Laird, her mom Lori and her brother Steven will each get one of Theresa's dad Randy's favourite one-liners tattooed on them if they reach various fundraising goals.
Pro golfer Selena Costabile hosts a golf tournament in honour of her grandmother who lives with dementia and in support of programs and services including the DAY program and music offered by the Alzheimer Society of York Region.
Prof. June Andrews, who teaches dementia studies internationally, is the guest speaker at the annual Forget-Me-Not Breakfast, taking place virtually on Nov. 7. She will speak for an hour, followed by a question and answer period. Her topic is Caring for People Living with Dementia in a time of COVID-19.
The goal of the Digital Literacy Club is to help caregivers be comfortable and confident around technology. This story was published in NewmarketToday.ca on Sept. 25, 2020.
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Every time Jake Cowden reaches the podium in his go-kart races this September, his family will donate $100 to AS York. Jake's grandmother lives with dementia and funds raised will go to programs and services to help caregivers.