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Mary Lynch
Helpline, Speakers Bureau, Health Fairs and Office support

 

 

 

 

 

 “The more people who can spread the word about the disease, the more the public will be educated.”

As a retired Air Force Nurse of twenty-eight years, Mary Lynch began her work as a volunteer ten years ago, after being referred by an Alzheimer’s Association employee. Because Alzheimer’s disease has affected her family for over forty years, she has chosen to help achieve our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease. Mary has provided office support for the organization and has been instrumental fielding calls and offering advice and referrals through our 24/7 Helpline. Mary provides a wide range of other services for the Alzheimer’s Association and has an expansive knowledge of memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer's, medications and other treatment options, as well as general information about aging and brain health. These are essential components that aren’t only beneficial to the people affected by this disease that she encounters through helpline, but to the staff who seeks her knowledge on a regular basis.

 
Sandy Braff
Support Groups

 

 

 

 

 

"Getting to know the family caregivers at a deep and personal level, I've learned that we need to be flexible and adapt to the situations that are beyond our control, and that a sense of humor is essential."

Dedication, compassion and belief in the organization are all qualities that Sandy Braff believes are essential to being a volunteer at the Alzheimer’s Association. As a vital component of support groups, Sandy provides professional experience as well as group facilitation skills. Having been a part of this organization for over 21 years and having a background in counseling psychology, Sandy has said that she has learned so much about giving, aging, accepting and maintaining ones dignity as well as the importance of learning, helping, loving and embracing. 

 

 

 
Tom Bennett
Safe Return

 

 

 

 

 

“The best part about being a volunteer at the Alzheimer’s Association is having the knowledge and ability to share information which helps manage a tragic disease.”

Tom Bennett is a retired Sheriff, a current Disaster Coordinator for 211, an adjunct instructor at the Regional Public Safety Academy and a volunteer with both the Alzheimer’s Association and the Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue. Seeing the connection between the Search and Rescue program and the frequent searches Sheriffs are called on regarding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Tom realized how much his experience could help him become a Safe Return Trainer. For the past year and a half Tom has lent his understanding and compassion to Alzheimer’s patients when they are reported missing.

 

 
Denise McMurtrie
Memories in the Making

 

 

 

 

 

“Their purity of artistic expression and joy with their paintings touched my heart.”

As an experienced commercial artist, illustrator and teacher of the arts, Denise McMurtrie was recruited to teach art through the Memories in the Making® art program in its early days. She has become an influential component to providing an opportunity for those with Alzheimer's to recall important experiences and express them through art, even when they may have lost the ability to do so verbally. Understanding the impact of memory loss and the complications that come with dementia, Denise feels as though her journey with her father, who has Dementia, has strengthened her ability to assist others. Being an active part of the Alzheimer’s Association for eight years, Denise believes that her volunteered time helps to increase self esteem, an area in which Alzheimer’s patients have complete control.


 

 
Melanie Flynn
Advocate

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Going to Sacramento, seeing how many Californians are affected, witnessing such powerful speakers, and seeing firsthand the power of numbers was my most memorable experience at the Alzheimer's Association."

Having been inspired to become a volunteer following the diagnosis of her husband’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Melanie Flynn became familiar with the organization as a participant in a support group. She has become an Alzheimer advocate, playing an important role in improving the quality of care and life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. As an advocate she is working to help shape laws at the local, state and federal level by communicating the Association's position to legislators and educating them about Alzheimer-related issues. She has assisted with helping to raise government funds for Alzheimer research and improving care and support.

 

 
Brandy Modic
Walk To End Alzheimer's

 

 

 

 

"The amount of time you put in is up to you -- whether it be 10 minutes a day, or every other day, or an hour a day for a couple months -- it's just getting the word out to the community that this disease is a problem that we all need to start fighting. Anything helps."

Brandy Modic received a devastating call while participating in the Alzheimer Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer's – her grandparent had just passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. Brandy found that the support from family and friends as well as fellow participants helped her get through that time of misfortune. Walk to End Alzheimer's is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research. Brandy found her donated time at the Alzheimer’s Association to be rewarding and wants to continue to spread the word that the amount of people being affected by this disease is increasing rapidly.

 


 

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