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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Father’s Day To the Tune of Disney

First, the Parillas moved to Southport, North Carolina from New York after Bill and his wife snagged a plot of land for ‘pennies’ on the water. Then, one-by-one, their three adult children and their families relocated to the Wilmington area. That was more than 20 years ago, and as much as they all love the […]

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Professional Baker Plans Live Stream for the Longest Day

Individuals pledge their support to the Alzheimer’s Association for a variety of reasons — many because a loved one has been diagnosed, others because they have lost someone to the disease, and some because they are living with dementia. But possibly, the most overlooked group are those that do not have a direct connection, but […]

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Onslow County Resident Follows Her Heart To Make a Difference

As far back as Anita can remember, her father Leslie L. Selby (Les) was always busy “tinkering with something” or helping others, likely by also tinkering with their “somethings.” Her parents owned a 40-acre farm in Michigan, half leased for crops and half filled with fruit trees, farm animals, and a house that was built […]

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Mother’s Day Reflections Across Generations

Karen Coma has fond memories as a child of spending Mother’s Day in Los Angeles. “We had a great back yard and would spend time on the patio or swimming in the pool. Dad would barbeque and we enjoyed being together.” Karen, a Charlotte resident, thinks a great deal about memory these days — some precious, […]

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