Carrying Forward the Essence of Mom and Dad

“Lander and Dot were absolutely two people who instilled in me that you always work in your community,” begins their son Mark Bumgarner, executive director of Catawba County’s United Way. “You keep doing your work to make things better for everybody.” Mark shares that growing up he tagged along with his dad who helped with […]

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No Maters or Taters: A Recipe of Caregiving

Arriving at the Scothurst Golf Course in Raeford, N.C. a little after 8 a.m. on April 30, 2022, the car of Maxine Jones was full of freshly prepared breakfast items for the inaugural Belton’s Golf to End Alzheimer’s Tournament. Her three sons, their spouses, twelve grandchildren, and nineteen great grandchildren were among those who helped […]

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Advancing the Science Webinar: Local Research Spotlight

Alzheimer’s is a global health problem with more than 6 million people living with the disease in the U.S. alone. Tremendous gains have been made in the understanding of the science and basic biology underlying Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These advances are leading to great strides in strategies for prevention, detection, diagnostics, and therapeutic interventions. […]

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Following in Mimi’s Footsteps

The daughter-in-law and mother-in-law relationship often gets a bad rap. Yet when it came to New Bern, N.C. resident, Diane Hogan and her husband’s mother, Joyce – affectionately known as ‘Mimi,’ the two burst the stereotype bubble with finesse. It was a loving 31-year relationship that only came to an end when Joyce passed from […]

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Dementia & Caregiving Series for Triangle Area

Caregivers for Alzheimer’s and dementia face special challenges. As a caregiver, you likely have many responsibilities. It is important to take care of your own well-being and to connect with others that understand. In partnership with North Carolina Central University, the Alzheimer’s Association in North Carolina has launched a four-part series for the Triangle Area […]

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Power Behind the Flower

“It all actually kind of came together,” begins Ashley Ferguson of Jacksonville, North Carolina. “My family has a weekly tradition of going to the farmer’s market and the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s happened to have a booth promoting the 2021 Walk.” Ashley made a donation and in return received an Walk t-shirt as well […]

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N.C. Volunteer Interest Party for The Longest Day taking place on Sept. 15

The day with the most light is the day we fight! Leading up to and culminating on The Longest Day – the summer solstice, thousands of participants from across the world will come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. Together, they will use their creativity and passion to […]

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Daughter asks who’s “got their ears on” for Alzheimer’s Awareness

“Hey Shirley, this is Squirrely. You got your ears on?” So goes the refrain of a 1970s song. “A fun memory about my mom, Shirley, is that she loved to talk on the Citizens Band (CB) radio back in the 1970’s,” shares Julie Clarke of Greensboro, N.C. Julie’s parents owned a floor covering business in […]

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A Prescription for Caregiving

Dr. Azra Shaikh, a primary care physician in Cary, N.C., was accustomed to fixing things for her patients and taking care of their health needs. But when Alzheimer’s disease took control of her mother and her father began to suffer from another form of dementia, called frontotemporal dementia, she faced a problem that even her […]

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