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Brittney Poppe

Brittney lives in Louisville and was born and raised there. She is a geriatric psychologist in private practice. “My job involves helping older adults and their families cope with mental health concerns as well as dementia. I also do testing to help diagnose dementia and provide resources to patients and their families.”

How long have you volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association?
I first started volunteering in 2010 (when I was in graduate school) as a Team Captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

In what way do you volunteer? 
I currently volunteer as a volunteer educator and a caregiver support group leader.  I am thrilled to lead three caregiver support groups at various facilities in Louisville. I have also enjoyed being a guest speaker at some other caregiver support groups in town.

Why do you support the Association? (Has Alzheimer’s disease personally affected you? If so, how?)  
My experiences with Alzheimer's disease began when I was 12 years old.  My grandmother was just diagnosed, and I remember it was very scary for me at that time to see her forget who we were and then eventually stop communicating altogether. I remember wanting to help my dad as he was caring for her, but I wasn't quite sure what I could do to help. I love how much the Alzheimer's Association does to support families and those with the disease as they are navigating the journey. The Association also raises so much money for research and this brings me hope that someday there will be a cure.

What impact do you feel your work with the Alzheimer’s Association has on the community? 
The Alzheimer's Association helps to shed some light on the process as families and those with the disease are struggling to find answers. I feel privileged to be able to educate people on the disease, offer support for caregivers, and help them to learn new strategies to care for their loved ones as well as new ways to cope with the stress they experience.

What else are you involved in within your community?
I lead a couple other caregiver support groups in town that are not through the Alzheimer's Association.

Why would you encourage others to support the Association? 
The Alzheimer's Association does so much to support those with the disease and their families. It also helps to raise money for research for a cure.  The more people that are involved, the more we can all help to find answers.


 

Maurita Kamer

Maurita lives in Lexington, KY and is a Member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. She has volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association since 2010.

In what way do you volunteer? 
Through a co-worker at my former law firm, Liz Polly, I became involved in the Lexington Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 2010 shortly after my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Liz and I co-chaired the Lexington Walk for two years and I am still involved with the Walk. Steptoe is a sponsor of this year’s event. I joined the Board of Director’s for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter in January 2012, two weeks after my mom passed away from the disease, and now I am the incoming Chair of the Board.

Why do you support the Association?
I am involved with the organization to honor the memory of my mom, Genevieve. My family’s journey with her through Alzheimer’s was incredibly painful. She was a role model for my sister and me working full-time while raising four kids. It still makes me sad that she is not here to share in the joys of my family; like my one son graduating from college with honors in May or my younger son playing high school soccer. My husband, Joe, says he misses her because she was the only one who laughed at his corny jokes. The Alzheimer’s Association does tremendous work in making families not feel alone with this disease.

What impact do you feel your work with the Alzheimer’s Association has on the community?
As an attorney, I am not shy about public speaking and have been willing to speak about my family’s experience with Alzheimer’s.

What else are you involved in within your community? 
I am a current board member for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington and the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass. I am also the treasurer of the board that manages the house at the University of Kentucky for my college sorority, Phi Mu. Service to others was always stressed by my mom.

Why would you encourage others to support the Association? 
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of programs and services to individuals and their families experiencing this disease that are invaluable. I would encourage everyone to check out what they offer online.


Jan Prushing Moore

Jan lives in Lexington, KY and works at Mid States Steel Services as a Structural Steel Buyer. She started volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association with the Walk in 2011 and Longest Day in 2012.

In what way do you volunteer? 
I have concentrated my efforts on fundraising until last year when I also helped with morning-of Walk set-up in Lexington. Shortly after that, I was honored to be asked to Chair The Longest Day committee which I gladly accepted. I will continue to raise funds and awareness.   

Why do you support the Association?
My primary inspiration is my mom, Catherine Prushing, who passed in 2007 after a 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s and my dad, Dean Prushing, who was her primary caregiver during those years up until about 18 months before her death when he asked if we could find a memory care unit for her. Also on my mind and in my heart, is my mom’s mother who passed from Alzheimer’s (my mother was an integral part of her care giving) and my mom’s brother, who developed dementia in his later years. When my grandmother became ill with the disease, Mom was, of course devastated for her, but was also concerned for her own future. And now, I too have those concerns. I have concerns for all of us. I want to see a cure for this horrible disease in my lifetime. I want to be at the celebration of the first survivor! 

What impact do you feel your work with the Alzheimer’s Association has on the community?
As far as fundraising goes, I often feel what little I contribute can't possibly make a difference... but then I remember there are thousands of “me’s” making small but meaningful contributions and together we have a greater impact. I am also raising awareness and the more people who are made aware of the devastation of this disease, the more who are made aware of the research happening right now, the more who are given contacts for help with their struggle as diagnosed and caregiver, the more who are aware of the economic impact, the more who are made aware they are not alone, the more who… I could go on and on. If I can make one more person aware, and then another... then I am making an impact on my community. 

What else are you involved in within your community? 
I am the Treasurer of my Neighborhood Association, volunteer for God’s Pantry, and contribute to our local human society. 

Why would you encourage others to support the Association? 
We need help. We need the ripple effect of connections. We need to spread awareness. The more the merrier and it’s easy to get involved.


Tanya Dailey

 

Tanya lives in Lexington, KY and works for the Fayette County Public Schools as an Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. She has volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association since 2012. 

In what way do you volunteer?
I have facilitated informational workshops for churches, college students, sororities, and health fairs. I am also an active member of the Alzheimer's Speaker's Bureau and a Congressional Team Member for Representative Andy Barr.

Why do you support the Association?
I support the Association to bring more awareness to all communities, but especially the African American community. Personally and passionately I am an advocate on behalf of my father. My father passed in 2014 with this devastating disease. The goal is to continue to bring awareness, impart knowledge, and support a cause for a cure.

What impact do you think the work with the Association has on the community?
The level of awareness in the communities I am fortunate to visit have yielded increased participation and support, knowledge of this disease, donations, and a willingness to learn.

What else are you involved with in your community?
I am the Musician/Choir Director for my church. I also plan and coordinate church trips and vacations, youth and children events, family fun nights, as well as special programs honoring k12 and college students. I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Why would you encourage others to support the Association?
There is no cure for this disease. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death n this country. We need as many supporters as we can to find a cure. A single voice represents many families and loved ones banned together as caregivers, siblings, parents, children, and of course those who are stricken with the disease. They need everyone to help.


 

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