Keeping Faith and Fun Through Alzheimer’s Journey

“When you are a person of faith, you know and believe that God walks with us,” says Mike Queen of Wilmington, North Carolina. “God is with us in the celebration of life and the heartache of life…our faith didn’t change because of this diagnosis, and it won’t change as we go through it.” Mike Queen’s […]

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Father’s Work Ethic Lays the Foundation for Son’s Community Engagement

John Wesley Singleton, Sr. worked very hard most of his life.  “As long as I can remember he always had two jobs,” adds John Singleton, Jr.  of Kernersville, N.C. “He worked for a lock and key company in Philadelphia which is where we are from, and all four of my siblings were born.  Like a […]

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How to be a Kid at Heart — From a Grandfather to His Granddaughter

Jennifer O’Keefe begins remembering her grandfather John fondly as “the best person in the entire world.” Growing up, her parents would work through the summer, so Jennifer was dropped off at her grandparents house every morning to spend the day. “He was just a big kid,” Jennifer laughs remembering those vibrant, loud, and musical summers, […]

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Daughter Walks to the Tune of Her Mother’s Fight Song

“My mother, Mary Thomas, was my idol.  She was my best friend,” begins daughter Yvonne Young of Concord, North Carolina.  “She always had this saying, ‘If death wanted to come and get her, it would have to catch up to her, and then he would have to fight her.’ She wasn’t going down without a […]

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Constructing a Stronger Community

From the instant Monica Cortes McLean first came on board at McKee Homes, she knew she wanted to be directly involved in the company’s commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association. Hispanics/Latinos are about 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than older white Americans. As Monica is Panamanian and Chilean, this places her family at […]

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Jeff Takes a Swing at Fighting Alzheimer’s

Growing up, Jeff Ray remembers his mom, Sandra, as being “larger than life.” “She was very influential in my life, and as we got older, she got really involved in the church,” Jeff says. “She has a strong faith and still does today.”  Not only was she active in her children’s lives, but she was […]

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High School student fights for generations to come

Historically, Alzheimer’s disease has been viewed as an ‘elder issue’. A worry that only occupies the minds of older adults. Something for you to worry about much later in life. To some, that might still be true. But this disease has been concerning those much younger recently as well. Of course everyone has a different […]

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It Takes a Village

We’ve all heard the phrase. The timeless adage is tossed around a lot. For Berkley Stafford, though, it’s an aphorism that truly hits home — and the office and the sidewalk. In 2017, the CEO of Emerald Isle’s TransImpact launched a company initiative to leave the world a better place. Aided by like-minded employees, Impact1 […]

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Family in Search of Rainbow in the Midst of Dementia ‘Storm’

“Change is the only constant in our lives, and we are learning to adapt daily,” shares daughter Reena and wife Varsha Isharani of Greensboro, North Carolina.  Their father/husband, Jay, was diagnosed with dementia in 2017.  “While we may make the weekly schedule each Sunday night, we know that any day could turn out to be […]

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Cooking Up a Recipe for Hope After Alzheimer’s

Some of North Carolinian Wendy Russell’s earliest memories involve her mama Gwendolyn in the kitchen. “When we were preschoolers, every Easter she would bake this rabbit cake with jelly beans for eyes, black licorice candy for whiskers and a white coconut body,” remembers Wendy. She also baked cinnamon rolls from scratch that would be requested […]

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