Alzheimer's Association, Vermont Chapter Welcomes Two New Staff
Vermont chapter strengthens resources to help fuel initiatives of care, support and research Williston, VT – May 30, 2016 – The Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter has recently appointed Pamela Beidler to serve as its director of programs and outreach and Mary Thon as development specialist. The two newest staff members will help build on the support and education offered to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias throughout the state of Vermont.
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2016 Reason To Hope Dinner
Williston, VT – May 5, 2016: Close to 400 Chittenden County business and community leaders gathered on Thursday, April 28th, for the Alzheimer’s Association’s 7th Annual Reason to Hope Dinner at the Hilton Burlington. Over the past five years, Dan Feeney, President of North Star Leasing and Co-Owner of Armistead Senior Care, has served as a lead organizer of the Reason to Hope Dinner planning committee and has helped to raise over $500,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In recognition of his myriad contributions to the health and well-being of the greater Burlington community, the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, presented Dan Feeney with the 2016 Community Leadership and Activist Award.
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March 30, 2016: "My name is Sheila Dooley and this is my husband Jim. Many of you may remember us taking part in Advocacy Day last year. Last February my husband stood where I am today and shared his personal journey with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Since last year, Jim’s disease has progressed, and while he is very much the same man I married over 9 years ago, public speaking and organizing his thoughts has become more challenging.
Since last year I have watched my husband struggle with sleep disturbances, mood changes and being able to find the right words while conversing, which causes increased anxiety and frustration. As Jim’s core care partner, this has been very challenging for me: emotionally, physically, and financially. I left my job at the University of Vermont in 2012 when I noticed that my husband was starting to have problems with his appointments and his work. These days I feel more like a health care administrator than a spouse- juggling appointments, caregiver schedules, support groups, and social events. How does a single person manage this disease?" Click here to continue.