Alzheimer's Disease. It seems these days everyone knows at least one person who is suffering with this dreaded disease, or was. A family member, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, the kindly gentleman or lady you used to see at the park. The list goes on and on.
The disease impacts so many more lives than just the person afflicted. Spouses, children and other family members become caregivers, watching the person they love slip away mentally day by day.
Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's dementia in 2017, an estimated 5.3 million are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65 and have younger-onset Alzheimer's. One in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer's dementia. (Alzheimer's Association)
Its personal with me....my mother had Alzheimer's when she died. Physically, she still looked like my mom, but that is where the similarity ended. I, and my teenaged children were her only caregiver's and daily we watched her disappear into a realm unknown to us. It was heart-rending for all of us. My grandmother also had Alzheimer's when she died. Additionally, I have spent a good many years of my life caring for those with the disease in clinical settings, and currently provide care for one private client with Alzheimer's in her home. Watching her daily decline over the past 3+ years, has given new meaning to "The Longest Day" for me.
You can help! (We can all help!)
This year, The Vermont Reiki Association (of which I am a proud member) has partnered with The Alzheimer's Association and will be participating in "The Longest Day" Fundraiser by hosting special events throughout the state of Vermont on June 21st-24th with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer's Association. (Did you know that the VRA is our nation's ONLY state-wide Reiki Association?)
The VRA Team Goal is $1600 and my personal goal for Healing from the Heart Holistic Center is $200. To help reach (or exceed) that goal, Healing from the Heart will holding a special event from 10AM-4PM on June 21st at the Center in Derby, VT. (If there is an overflow, I will be holding the event on Saturday, June 23rd as well for those unable to get in on June 21st.)
Myself, along with several other certified Reiki practitioners will be offering 20 minute Reiki sessions for a suggested donation of $20. If you already love Reiki, this will be a great opportunity for a "re-charge"! Never tried Reiki but always been curious? Now's your chance!
Healing from the Heart Holistic Center will be serving coffee, tea, water and healthy snacks throughout the day. You will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a lovely Gift Basket valued at over $125! (Drawing for the winner to be held on Saturday, June 24th, you do not have to be present to win)
So...save the date(s)! Go ahead...put em'
on your calendar right now, before you forget!
Click here to learn the 10 Early Signs of Alzheimer's
Want to learn more about the Vermont Reiki Association? Click the image to the below.
To view the Team Page, or to make a donation of any size if you will be unable to attend the event, please click on the image below. Together, we can make a difference! "Be the change you want to see in the world" (Ghandi)
Thank you for taking the time to remember those who can't!