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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Go for the GOLD

The 2020 Summer Olympics are getting ready to start later this month in Tokyo, but now is your chance to GO FOR GOLD. Register for one the Walk to End Alzheimer’s events taking place across North Carolina this fall.  From July 15 through August 5, with three easy actions as a Walk Team captain, you […]

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Hero Nurse Leaves Community Legacy

Over the past year, society has focused on nurses as being one profession deserving of all the hero medals. We all have an image of this hero nurse in our head: hardworking, kind, selfless, warm. While nurses were front and center this past year, they have heroes in our community long before that — much […]

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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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