This is the fourth in a series of articles on Alzheimer’s disease.
By CYD RIEDE
For The Vista
Where does one go to get support for Alzheimer’s disease? Specifically in Cumberland County, TN?
We are very fortunate here in East Tennessee in that we have a dedicated group, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. (www.alztennessee.org) that was founded by a small group of East Tennessee families.
Today this organization governed by a local Board of Directors that advocates for top research initiatives and provides services to the more than 22,000 individuals and families facing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in East Tennessee and the Cumberlands.
With offices in Knoxville and Cookeville, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. serves Cumberland County and 24 other counties from Putnam in the west to Hancock in the northeast part of the state.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. began providing services in East Tennessee as a non-profit organization in 1983.
Two years later, the group affiliated with the Chicago-based National Alzheimer’s Association and became known as the Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern TN Chapter, Inc.
However, it always remained incorporated in the state of Tennessee and governed by a local Board of Directors.
The Eastern Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association returned to its original independent status in August 2011 to ensure that more resources support top research and local services for individuals and families struggling with the devastating disease.
“The Board had become increasingly concerned that funds raised in East Tennessee and the Cumberlands were going out of the area and limiting our ability to fund the vital programs we offer locally,” said Mary Lyn Goodman, Board President.
“We want to guarantee those dollars – made possible by generous area individuals, families, foundations, companies, and countless volunteers committed to grassroots fundraising – will directly benefit local families as well as the most promising research.
“This community’s outstanding support along with the backing of our local media is making a huge difference in our programs.”
Through valuable community partnerships and a trusted reputation for service developed during the course of nearly three decades, Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. is now focusing even greater attention on East Tennessee and the Cumberlands.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. provides family support, offers community and professional education, advocates for the needs and rights of those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as research for its prevention, cure, and treatment.
Families receive assistance through such programs as the agency’s locally-staffed Helpline, consultations on care for persons with the disease, at least 42 support groups, help with local resources and referrals, financial assistance, in-service training opportunities for staff at area facilities, advocacy aimed at enhancements in law and policy, an annual research symposium for physicians and healthcare professionals, and educational materials and programs such as caregiver training workshops for families and professionals featuring local specialists and nationally-renowned experts.
The local group is well-known for supporting programs and research through five regional Alzheimer’s WALKS.
There are 6 (six) Cumberland County Support Groups:
Life Care Center of Crossville, Walt Pierce, 484-4782
Cumberland Medical Center, Shawna Potter & Carolyn Scott, 459-7387
CMC Wellness Complex, Shawna Potter, 459-7387
FG United Methodist Church, Nikki Fitchko & Lanita Monroe, 484-3473
Wyndridge Health, Brian Brewer, 484-6129
Uplands Village (Pleasant Hill) Shirley Berry & Mary Schwarz, 277-5753
Raising Awareness and Supporting Alzheimer’s in Cumberland County
On Saturday, September 7, Alzheimer’s of Tennessee will hold the 2nd Annual Plateau Alzheimer’s Walk.
You can participate as an individual or a team/group. Note that all funds raised for this event directly support Alzheimer’s here in Cumberland County.
For more information view www.alztnevents.org or call Cyd Riede at 456-2122.
Look for the final article on Alzheimer’s disease, “Treatment, Now and Future” next week in The Vista.