NOTE: The Central Illinois Chapter is looking for a volunteer Ambassador for the 17th Congressional District, which includes parts of Peoria, Tazewell and Winnebago counties, and all of Carroll, Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Mercer, Rock Island, Stephenson, Warren and Whiteside counties. Please contact Executive Director Nikki Vulgaris at 800.272.3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or would like more information.
(November 2012) Virginia Mock, 84, of Macomb has been named the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter’s new Ambassador for the 18th Congressional District.
In this volunteer position, she will act as a constituent leader on Alzheimer’s disease and will cultivate a working relationship with Congressman Aaron Schock. She’ll meet with Schock four times a year and participate in monthly teleconferences with Association staff and fellow ambassadors across the country.
“In just the last couple of months, I have found myself again,” Virginia explained as to why she wanted to serve. “I have just come to the conclusion I have to have my own life, some job to do. For me, it’s being part of the outside world. And this is something I care about.”
The former teacher is now a full-time caregiver for her husband, Gordon, a retired Western Illinois University math professor. He has had dementia for nearly 20 years, she said.
Virginia, a feisty woman who still goes to the Y to work out three times a week, now has to do most things for him. Still, their love carries her through. “I do love him dearly. I’m hoping we’ll be able to go along together for quite a while,” she said.
Check out "Memory Matters," the Central Illinois Chapter's Alzheimer's blog, at http://www.pjstar.com/blogs/alzheimers/.