Foot Soldier in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Phyllis Kitchens Thurmond refers to herself as simply “a foot soldier in the fight against Alzheimer’s”. We refer to her as our biggest cheerleader and Alzheimer’s disease worst enemy. She is also a dedicated volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association. Phyllis grew up in Gray, Georgia with most her family living within yards from her home. … Continue reading Foot Soldier in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

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Finding Light in the Dark

As you enter the ballroom of Dancing Stars of Augusta, from one end to the other you see glitz and glamour. Above your head hangs a large mirror ball casting its figure throughout the entire room. The tables are covered in bright purple and shining silver with beautiful floral arrangements centered perfectly in the middle. … Continue reading Finding Light in the Dark

Just You and I

By: Sydney Bolding Thomason Dancing Star of Dalton and Alzheimer's Association volunteer I want to believe the old adage “ignorance is bliss,” but I think this approach to life—this being unaware of situations and circumstances—is actually more detrimental than blissful. When I was a little girl I came to know grief rather quickly: I lost … Continue reading Just You and I

Creating Awareness Through Dance

Phenix City resident Norman Howard never thought he would be participating in a dance competition. But when the Alzheimer’s Association asked him to participate in Dancing Stars of Columbus, he immediately jumped at the chance. Norman’s reason?  In 2008 , Norman’s mother, Irene Howard, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and succumbed to the disease in 2011. … Continue reading Creating Awareness Through Dance

Dancing for Mom

By Jason Perry 2018 Dancing Star of Atlanta & Alzheimer's Association Volunteer I want to ask you to use your imagination for a moment…imagine a young lady with a difficult childhood.  Imagine a young man raised by his mother, as his father passed away when he was very young.  Imagine these two people meeting in school and … Continue reading Dancing for Mom

Running to End Alzheimer’s

For the last eight years, Warner Robbins resident John Rowlands has planned and executed Run 2 End Alzheimer’s, an event that raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association.  John gives much of the credit to the success of the event to his committee, but most people would say that its John’s determination to end Alzheimer’s is … Continue reading Running to End Alzheimer’s

Coming Home to Fight Alzheimer’s

By Janet C. Bussey, PhD Alzheimer's Association Champion Advocate Columbus, Georgia My mother was an accomplished career public school educator and active civic leader. I was living in Washington, D.C. and had retired after a long career as a social work administrator and assistant professor in Cleveland, Ohio and Washington, D.C. when I decided to move … Continue reading Coming Home to Fight Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and Your Heart

By Trish Walker , Alzheimer's Association Volunteer  February is a time to share our hearts and Alzheimer’s needs yours.  Our vision is “A world without Alzheimer’s” but the daunting reality is: Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death, even more than breast and prostate cancers combined Every 66 seconds, someone will develop this deadly … Continue reading Alzheimer’s and Your Heart

Fighting Back Because They Can’t

By Tammy Kay Brunson  Alzheimer's Association Advocate Augusta, Georgia I attend Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol simply because my daddy can't. As a victim of Alzheimer's disease, his physical, mental, and emotional impairments would make it impossible for him to navigate the comings and goings of the events. He is just one of many Alzheimer's … Continue reading Fighting Back Because They Can’t

Handling LBD Alone

The word caregiver is defined by Merriam Webster as “a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill.” And while that definition is true, it lacks the profusion of sacrifices, effort and emotional strain that every caregiver must endure. One of the most resilient caregivers is Amy Washuta, a … Continue reading Handling LBD Alone