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WRITE TEAM: We can help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s

This is my last article, for my first time writing for the Write Team. I have enjoyed the opportunity to search my mind for something interesting to write about. And as I sit here ready to write, I am struggling to find the idea, the words. The last half of that sentence told me exactly what I need to write about.

I have, through my work, participated in and helped bring awareness to the Illinois Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

As we age we have moments when we forget. We forget why we walked into another room, or we may forget someone’s name. Stress can make us forget an appointment or something else that was important. This happens to all of us at some point. But it is when someone has to helplessly stand by and watch someone that they love, forget ... forget names, places, their own family members. I personally have not lost someone to Alzheimer’s; my losses have been to cancer and other diseases. I have listened to family members and caregivers share the stories of their loss. All loss is difficult, sometimes almost unbearable; Alzheimer’s is one of those losses.

It is not quick. I’ve heard it referred to as losing someone more than once. First they lose them to the disease and eventually they lose them to death. It is painful, I’m sure for all involved, watching a parent or spouse forget how to do everyday tasks. From locking and unlocking doors, misplacing things, forgetting how to cook, clean, dress themselves, repeating themselves, forgetting their loved ones, and in a moment of lucidity realizing that they are forgetting. It is all just so very sad.

As I said, I have not personally experienced this, so please forgive me if I am not completely accurate and I’m sure this is only a tiny piece of what families and caregivers must struggle with. What I can do is help bring awareness to the disease and the fight for a cure. So on Saturday, Sept. 7, we will once again participate with the Alzheimer’s Association and Edward Jones in the Illinois Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This is what Edward Jones has to say about why we walk:

“We’re in the business of helping families build and preserve wealth. Alzheimer’s disease is a great threat to the health and wealth of our clients. We walk because we refuse to stand idly by and watch this disease destroy the financial security and future hopes and dreams of the families that we serve. We walk to raise awareness and financial support to accelerate the day when we find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Please walk with us to raise awareness and funds in the fight to end Alzheimer’s.”

You can stop by or call any Edward Jones office to find out how to join our team and walk with us and others. I hope you will join us.

KIM KRUEGER is a wife and mother of three daughters and a Financial Adviser with Edward Jones in Ottawa. “Do everything with integrity and kindness and all else will follow.”

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