Memory Walk 2009

Jason Hillner with Amy French, local director for the Alzheimer's Association at the 2009 Cleveland Memory Walk, October 3rd.

Jason Hillner with Amy French, local director for the Alzheimer's Association at the 2009 Cleveland Memory Walk, October 3rd.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the major causes of extended care needs in the United States.  By their 85th birthday, half of all people will be living with some form of dementia.  As Baby Boomers retire and American life spans continue to lengthen, the looming threat posed by Alzheimer’s becomes palpable. 

My wife, Jennifer, and I have seen three of our grandparents struggle with dementia.  So on a personal and family level, I can tell you that Alzheimer’s is not just a disease – it’s a tragedy. 

This heartbreaking sentiment is best expressed by those who are on the “front lines” – the caretakers. When speaking to an Alzheimer’s support group in Cleveland, TN, a woman remarked to me that, “I lost my husband five years ago, but I’m still taking care of him.”

Luckily, there is hope.  Amy French, local director of the Alzheimer’s Association, told me that she believes we are less than ten years from treamtents that may prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms.  The annual Memory Walks are fighting to make this dream a reality.

All of us at Lindsey and Associates is sincerely grateful to those who donated to our 2009 Memory Walk team!   You have helped to bring us closer to our personal goal – and to making a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease!  We are proud to help fund the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

If you’re interested in taking one more step, please sign up to be an Alzheimer advocate! Find out how you can send a message to Congress at http://actionalz.org/write_congress.asp/.

-Jason L. Hillner, CLTC

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Long term care is a risk we all face, regardless of age. Need may result from an accident, a serious health condition or as part of the aging process. The consequences to our physical, financial and emotional well-being can be catastrophic if we postpone planning until after the need for care arises. After all, our health is ever only as good as it is today. Long term care coverage provides a vehicle to guarantee your family an income stream and to maintain lifestyle in the event you have an extended care need. It is vital protection for your family’s personal, emotional and financial well-being. Lindsey & Associates is the Chattanooga area's premiere source for long term care insurance planning. Serving Chattanooga for nearly fifteen years, Lindsey & Associates was founded by Gail R. Lindsey, M.S., CLTC who sought to be an effective advocate for families with extended care needs after a successful career as a therapist. Lindsey & Associates is unique in that their planners are specialists in long term care insurance and approach their work from a perspective of education and advocacy, not the "bottom line". If you feel that you owe it to your family to hear all the options when it comes to your future care, we would encourage you to contact one of our LTC planners. We meet with individuals and families to find the most cost-effective way for them to age in place, at home, with the dignity and care they have earned over a lifetime of hard work.

Posted on October 7, 2009, in Community Involvement. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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