Alzheimer's Texas and our Board of Directors want to thank the heroes in the healthcare community via our Hidden Heroes virtual gala this year on November 12th.
The virtual evening gala will honor healthcare workers, caregivers, and care partners. Individuals or organizations that have truly made a difference in the lives of those in special needs populations. By bettering the life of others, by placing the needs of the community first and foremost, we salute your hard work.
We're accepting nominees for the gala, 10 of which will be picked to receive a $1,000 grant to help continue their community caregiver work. You can nominate an organization or an individual by clicking here or by emailing your nomination's name and contact info, and why they're a "hidden hero" to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ross Moody, President and Chief Operating Officer of National Western Life Insurance Company, and a trustee of the Moody Foundation will serve as the chair for this year's gala. Honorary family is Danny Hamilton, VP at Goldman Sachs, and the Hamilton Family.
ALZ TALK: Ask An Expert Series
Via Zoom Calls at 2-3pm, Wednesdays
Join us and be part of a Q/A as we ask experts in the senior community questions we all want the answers to. This is a great opportunity for caregivers to connect with their local providers and expand their education and knowledge on dementia-related topics.
Register for each Zoom call you wish to attend below:
“We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand.” ― Anne Lamott
Alzheimer's Texas has recently received 10 comfort quilts from the Ladies at the San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (SMUUF) spearheaded by Ms. Ann Allen.
These quilts will help those patients that have anxiety from being confined due to COVID-19 restrictions. They can hold on to the quilts for comfort and security. They're machine washable and soft to the touch. Perfect for someone who just needs to feel a bit more connection while they stay in quarantine. The quilts are part of new partnerships Alzheimer's Texas is forming in local communities to help bring some sunshine to others.
SMUUF is in the process of creating more comfort quilts for Alzheimer's Texas to distribute to memory care facilities throughout Central Texas. Alzheimer's Texas is also working with a quilting bee in San Marcos called Bee Friends for additional ideas and support.
Sunshine in a Box
Alzheimer's Texas, AIA (American Institute of Architects) and Austin Foundation for Architecture are working together to create visitation or Sunshine Huts for care facilities.
These booths are an easy and safe way for care facility residents to spend quality time with loved ones who visit. The booths are wheel-chair or mobility-issue friendly, and allow someone to sit comfortable with a clear viewing window to have a conversation with guests, while at the same time staying safe from COVID.
Alzheimer's Texas is looking for help to off set the cost of constructing these huts. We're looking for corporate or individual sponsor with the goal of building at least five huts by the end of the year. Booths are estimated to cost around $500 to $1,000 a piece, but you can help make a different by donating and indicating you want your donation to go towards a booth build.
A warm thank you to Joy For All, a company that creates interactive robotic companion pets that are easy to care for by those individuals with disabilities. Alzheimer's Texas has partnered with Joy For All to help distribute pets to care facilities that have memory units. Much like our comfort quilts, these pets offer a sense of security when handled that help ease anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
If you're interested in sponsoring a pet for a care facility, let us know. For $250 we deliver either a touch-activated cat or dog to help bring companionship to those feeling the effects of isolation due to COVID-19.
The role of caregiver is never an easy job, nor is it a job that can be defined in black-and-white terms. Caregivers come in all different shapes and sizes. They're our friends. They're our neighbors. They're us. There is no such thing as a typical day in the life of a caregiver. Some days are better than others.
Alzheimer's Texas is committed to caring for the caregivers of those who look after Alzheimer's and other dementia-related patients. We work with caregivers throughout Texas supplying educational and emotional support. We do this as our mission to improve the lives of our fellow Texans, but our mission is funded by revenue we generate through our walks.
With COVID-19, the way we handle our walks has changed dramatically. We want our constituents to feel safe, which means moving the walks to a virtual platform.
Come and walk with us virtually on Saturday, Sept. 19th and October 10th at 8:30 a.m. We'll have streaming programming featuring music, great guest speakers, and messages from those who want to share their commitment to Alzheimer's patients, caregivers, families, and all those touched by the disease.
Come and raise money for Alzheimer's Texas so we can continue offering our programs free for those who need them most. The button below explains how you can help us give Alzheimer's the boot.