- Posted October 2, 2013 by
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- 92-Year-Old Veteran Shares Memories of Army Air Corp Service and Continues to Serve in a Colorful Way
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- Seniors at Buckner Westminster Place Bake Pies for Firefighters to Show Thanks During Thanksgiving
- Seniors in Their 80s and 90s Reflect on Real Meaning of Thanksgiving
- Veterans at Parkway Place Participate in Library of Congress Veterans' History Project
Parkway Place Team Walks to End Alzheimer’s and Helps Fund Research for the Cure
Remembering patients, residents and loved ones who have all suffered from Alzheimer’s, the team diligently collected money to help fund research aimed at finding a cure for the disease. The team collected over $1,600. Olivia Johnson, the Harbor activities director at Parkway Place, led the team as its captain and hopes to help make a difference in the lives of those who have been and will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. On a daily basis, Olivia provides care and comfort to residents who suffer from the disease. Having lost her grandmother to Alzheimer’s, she is focused on helping others who are going through similar experiences. She walked this past Saturday on behalf of her grandmother, who she recently lost in April, and on behalf of the residents she works with every day.
“It’s challenging, and every day presents new difficulties,” shared Johnson. “You do not know what to expect. You have to have love and compassion in your heart to help others cope with this disease. They reach a point where they stop communicating with you, do not remember who you are and can change from sweet dispositional people to people filled with anger. The families all say the same thing - that is not the way they used to be. Working with people who have Alzheimer’s requires patience, care, love and the ability to build trust. I hold their hand and reassure them that everything will be okay.”
Residents, staff, friends and family contributed the monetary donations. For each person who made a donation, a flower was put on the wall at Parkway Place. The Texas Department of State Health Service estimates that approximately 340,000 Texans have been diagnosed with and suffer from Alzheimer’s, a progressive brain disease that causes a steady decline in memory, thinking and behavior. The residents and staff at Parkway Place hope that their contribution and participation will help find a cure for the disease.
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