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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Alzheimer’s Changes the Picture for One North Carolina Family

Artistic, articulate and adventuresome – these are the words that Karen Strickland of Asheville, believes best describe her mother Carol McKnight. Prior to moving to Asheville, Karen and her brother Michael were born and raised in southern California.   “Due to difficult circumstances with my father, mom rescued my brother and me,” shared Karen. “She’s my […]

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Grandson Continues a Legacy of Involvement

From one to five years old, Raleigh resident Tedrick Kelly spent his days with his grandmother, Francine Johnson, as his parents worked. Active in her church, Johnson would take Kelly along as she volunteered visiting the sick in her congregation and helping the community. The rest of their days would be filled with wonderful memories […]

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Iredell County Caregiver Finds Connection Through Walk Community

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or caring for someone with the diagnosis, can often be an isolating experience. This past year and a half of pandemic living has only increased this sense of isolation. Caregivers are looking for ways to connect in new and creative ways. Sometimes that takes the form of virtual support groups. […]

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One Woman’s Connection Found Through Embracing the Community

When joining the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease, everyone has their own reason for taking up the mantle. Some have firsthand knowledge through their own experience or through that of a loved one. And then some find that calling through the passion of those around them. “I didn’t know much about Alzheimer’s disease prior to […]

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The Importance of Safe Spaces

In this year and a half of isolation, ‘quarantine pods’, fear and misinformation, it has become especially important to identify safe spaces in your life. For some, that is a physical space to call your own. For others, it could be a particularly calming person. For yet others, memories of past safe spaces might suffice. […]

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A Niece Looks Back with a Smile and Forward with Hope

 “Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I’ll remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all. “   While many attribute this quote to American writer Laura Ingalls Wilder that was later incorporated into an episode  of “Little House on the Prairie” television show […]

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