Our 2016 State Service Project was the Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s is a devastating chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. It is the cause of 60-70% of cases of dementia. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events or short term memory loss. As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, confusion-including getting lost, mood swings, loss of motivation, not being able to manage self care and behavioral issues. As a person declines, they often withdraw from family and society. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Although the speed of progression can vary, the average life expectancy is 3-9 years.
The cause for the disease is poorly understood and no cure has been developed. The burden of care lies with family and caregivers. It is difficult to perform 24 hours a day care and is complicated by patient loss of memory, agitation, depression, fearfulness and distrust. Later, the caregiver must assist completely with feeding, incontinence and daily care. It is heartbreaking and confusing for families to essentially lose their loved ones twice-once with their memories together and later in death.
Hilarity for Charity is devoted to assist with caregiving hours for families and research in Alzheimer’s treatment and research. The money raised from the Color Walk and other projects by the Grandies, districts and assemblies assisted with this project. Visit the hilarityforcharity.org site for more information.
Past Grand Worthy Advisor-May Powell included multiple hands-on projects for this cause in the Districts and Assemblies to visit their local Memory Care facilities. Plus, donations of tie blankets for the fall, holiday gifts or decorations for winter and flowers for the Spring.
For more information about our Service Projects, please contact the Service Team Leader, Marjie Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other service team members include: Grand Service, the Grand Cross team, and Steve Martin.
Service is the act of kindness towards others. Please join our Jurisdiction in supporting these worthy projects.