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Honoring Alzheimer’s volunteers during National Volunteer Week – April 21 – 27

(Shared by Victoria Mullally)

Loretta is a shining example of resilience and generosity, defying the challenges of Alzheimer’s with grace and determination. Despite the changes brought about by her diagnosis, she continues to embrace life with open arms, finding joy in simple pleasures and giving back to her community in meaningful ways.

Independence Grove becomes a sanctuary for Loretta during the warmer months, where she relishes in the beauty of nature during her leisurely strolls. She reminisces about cherished memories of her father while enjoying ice cream, a tradition that brings warmth to her heart. Her granddaughter’s choir performances and musical events at Carmel Catholic High School add melody to her life, creating moments of connection and pride.

Volunteering has become a cornerstone of Loretta’s life, providing her with purpose and fulfillment. Whether it’s writing thank you cards for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Lake County, packing food at Feed My Starving Children, knitting hats for those in need, she pours her energy into helping others. Despite her challenges, she has donated an impressive 200 hats in the past three years, a testament to her unwavering dedication.

Through her journey, Loretta emphasizes the importance of family, friendship, and finding moments of joy amidst adversity. She encourages caregivers to support their loved ones in discovering activities that bring them happiness and a sense of accomplishment. For Loretta, knitting on a loom has become both a creative outlet and a therapeutic practice, allowing her to focus on the present moment and connect with others through her generosity.

In the face of Alzheimer’s, Loretta’s spirit remains unbroken, inspiring others to embrace each day with gratitude and kindness.

Across the nation, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to ending this disease. Because like flowers, our participants don’t stop when something’s in their way. They keep raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

Click here to register today and be the first to know about Walk in your area.



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