As a provider of memory care, we can’t think of a more purposeful activity than one that raises money to help fund Alzheimer’s disease research!
Our communities are always looking for ways to do their part to help. That goes for residents, families, and our wonderful staff members.
Recently, residents of Grace Point Place Memory Care in Oak Lawn, Illinois joined staff and family members to host a car wash to raise funds for their local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. Many of these residents have volunteered all their lives. And, they aren’t about to stop now! The event was covered by the Chicago Tribune. (You can read the full article here.)
While charity events are important to help raise funds for causes, there is another benefit to organizing and participating in them. The act of working together for the greater good brings to everyone involved a powerful sense of purpose and meaning.
For individuals living with dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease, engaging in purposeful and meaningful activities creates a powerful connection to each other and the world around them. Every human being wants to feel worthy and that he or she is contributing to something that matters. Putting together programs and events, like the recent car wash, lifts the spirits and creates an atmosphere of camaraderie among the participants.
As Shannon Dahlman, community relations director for Grace Point Place, told the Chicago Tribune reporter, “Many of our residents have volunteered all of their lives. Just because they have dementia doesn’t mean they have to give up their commitment to community service. They jumped at the chance to feel productive and help others.”
If you are caring for a loved one living with dementia, make an effort to seek out opportunities to engage them in either a volunteer program or activities such as gardening, baking or crafting. All are enjoyable and purposeful. For both of you!