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    With Both Parents Being Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Local Woman Plans to Participate in First-Ever Satellite Walk

    A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is devastating news for any family. It’s not just life changing for the individual with the disease, but also for their close family and friends. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds. With numbers that staggering, the chances of a loved one being affected are higher than one might imagine. To raise awareness and money, Edgemere senior living community is hosting its first-ever Satellite Walk in conjunction with the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association on September 19. Registration has just begun, and the community is encouraging the public and its residents to participate. This walk is an especially important event for Ellen Welch, a Park Cities resident, who struggled with having both parents diagnosed with the disease.

    “I’m walking for my parents,” said Welch. “Even though we’ve come a long way in fighting this disease, we still have a long way to go. Awareness is the first step.”

    Her story, like many adult children, is a story of heartbreak, dedication, love and sacrifice.

    “My dad was diagnosed first and my mom was diagnosed a few years after his death,” she said. “They were a great team together. They lived in Louisiana, so it was hard not being there for them as much as I would have liked. We tried to keep their independence for as long as we could by having home health help with my father, but eventually that wasn’t enough. I noticed bills weren’t getting paid and pills weren’t being taken.”

    A spouse becoming the caregiver is a common occurrence as couple’s age. In 2013, the Alzheimer’s Association stated that 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.

    “My mother did everything right. She ate healthy. She stayed active in her church and community, exercised daily and worked as long as she possibly could. Although he continued to stay engaged with friends, my father did not remain as active he should have after retiring from a successful career as a dentist. He had high cholesterol and wasn’t as good about physical exercise. It just proves that Alzheimer’s disease can happen to anyone. After my father passed away, I brought my mom to Edgemere in Dallas so she could be closer to me. I have become dear friends with many of the family members at Edgemere who are dealing with the same thing I am. It definitely makes this journey much easier when you can confide in others who understand. The staff is wonderful, and our family has been so pleased with her care. Her smile and laughter give me confidence that she is happy here.”

    The Memory Care Unit at The Plaza at Edgemere is dedicated to caring for residents living with Alzheimer’s. Each resident receives specialized care by trained staff members who understand the unique needs of a person living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The event is designed to give those unable to attend the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in October the chance to still take part in a walk to raise awareness of this disease. With a goal of raising $1.8 million this year, everyone is encouraged to participate in both events. You are encouraged to register ahead of time for both walks. To register your own team or join Team Edgemere, please visit http://act.alz.org/goto/edgemere.

    “We are honored to be working with the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association on this event,” said Vanessa Curtright, sales and marketing director at Edgemere. “Our hope is that this Satellite Walk raises even more money to go towards finding a cure for this disease.”


    With 304 independent living apartment homes, 60 assisted living suites, 31 memory care private apartments, and 72 private rooms for dignified skilled nursing, Edgemere is the largest and most comprehensive life care senior living community in Dallas. The community is located in the Preston Hollow/Park Cities area at 8523 Thackery Street at Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. The Plaza Health Services at Edgemere located on the same campus at 8502 Edgemere Road at Northwest Highway, offers assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support services for Edgemere life care residents, as well as for others in the community.

    Edgemere is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities The Buckingham in Houston, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, Mirador in Corpus Christi, and The Barrington at Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, call (469) 619-0825 or visit www.edgemeredallas.com.
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