Why I Walk – April Toliver

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My name is April Toliver and I Walk to End Alzheimer’s in memory of my maternal grandma Georgia Woolfolk-Nelson-Williams.

I remember as a small child going to visit my Nannie, as I fondly called her. She was always so happy and full of life. She was a very strong, god-fearing woman that left her footprints in many hearts along her journey.

She was a loving mother of 7, grandmother of 23, great grandmother, sister, aunt and great aunt.

I lost my beautiful Nannie in 1992 when I was only 12 years old.

I cherish the little memories I do have of her.

I so vividly remember my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches she fixed me for lunch (I absolutely love peanut butter now, I often wonder is that just my way of holding on to her); or the all the little nursery rhymes, children songs and games she taught me (Annie-Over-Here She Comes).

So imagine a few years later that this same loving woman doesn’t even remember your name. She doesn’t recognize you. She thinks you’re some neighborhood child coming to hug her.

Aren’t Nannies supposed to be your best friends? Who’s going to play with me and fix me peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

She lived in a disoriented world, where the simplest words and names of family members and friends escaped her. She became aggressive and combative toward loved ones.

Alzheimer’s has many stages.

Some can remember people and events that occurred in the past, yet they have no idea what they did or ate a few minutes ago.

The worst part about this disease is slowly, over time, you watch your loved one leave you.

I was robbed of many other memories due to the horrible disease and I miss her more now as an adult than anyone could possibly imagine.

Please join me in the fight to #ENDALZ.

You can now register for the 2015 Walks to End Alzheimer’s!

Northern Neck – Middle Peninsula; Saturday, September 19th at Bethpage Camp Resort. Register and donate at bit.ly/NNMPWalkToEndALZ2015

Fredericksburg; Saturday, September 26th at University of Mary Washington. Register and donate at bit.ly/FredericksburgWalkToEndALZ2015

Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Saturday, November 7th at Innsbrook. Register and donate at bit.ly/RVAWalkToEndALZ2015

May Educational Programs – Fredericksburg Area

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May 14th; 6:30pm
Know the 10 Warning Signs: When Forgetfulness is a Problem
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Classrooms A & B
4600 Spotsylvania Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

May 21st; 1:30pm-3pm
Getting Started: What to do if you Suspect a Family Member has Dementia or has been Diagnosed with Dementia
2217 Princess Anne Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

NOTE: Pre-registration required. Pre-register by calling 540-370-0835 or e-mail lori.myers@alz.org.

May Educational Programs – Richmond and Tri-Cities Area

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May 5th; 9:30am-1pm (lunch included)
Overview of Dementia: Communication, Stress & Guilt, Home Safety & Wandering
Home Instead
2565 Homeview Drive
Richmond, VA 23294

May 5th; 6pm
Effective Communication Strategies
The Hermitage
1600 Westwood Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227

May 12th; 6pm-7:30pm
Communication: Are You Listening?
St. Mary’s Hospital
5801 Bremo Road, Room 163
Richmond, VA 23226

May 12th; 10am-12pm
Know the 10 Signs
Shalom Baptist Church
6395 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

May 16th; 9:30am-11:30am
Memory Loss, The Basics: Ask Your Questions
Second Branch Baptist Church
12217 Second Branch Road
Chesterfield, VA 23838

May 30th; 10am-12pm
Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s: The Basics
Chester United Methodist Church
12132 Percival Street
Chester, VA 23831

NOTE: Pre-registration required for all programs. Pre-register by calling 804-967-2580 or e-mail fran.foster@alz.org.

May 2015 Support Groups – Middle Peninsula and Nothern Neck

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May 5th; 6pm
For Caregivers
The Orchard
62 Delfae Drive
Warsaw, VA 22572
Respite available with reservation.
Please call Carolyn Costello, 804-615-1117, for more information.

May 12th; 10:30am
For Caregivers
The Orchard
2 Delfae Drive
Warsaw, VA 22572
Respite available with reservation.
Please call Carolyn Costello, 804-615-1117, for more information.

May 13th; 10:30am
For Caregivers
Alzheimer’s Association Office – DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue
Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available.
Please contact Ted Leonard, 804-642-9189, for more information.

May 19th; 10:30am
For Caregivers
Harmony Grove Baptist Church
7722 Gen. Puller Hwy
Topping, VA 23169
No respite available.
Please contact Barbara Swain, 804-832-1571, or Lisa Jones, 804-695-9008, for more information.

May 21st; 6pm
For Caregivers
Alzheimer’s Association Office – DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue
Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available
Please call Ellie Galloway, 804-695-9382, for more information.

May 28th; 10:30am
For Caregivers
Commonwealth Assisted Living
460 S. Main Street
Kilmarnock,VA 22482
Respite care available with reservation.
Please contact Ellie Galloway, 804-695-9382, for more information.

May 28th; 3pm
For Caregivers
Commonwealth at Farnham
511 Cedar Grove
Farnham, VA 22460
Respite care available with reservation.
Please contact Jill White, 804-695-7290, for more information.

May 2015 Support Groups – Fredericksburg

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May 5th; 10am
For Caregivers
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
2nd Floor Conference Room
4600 Spotsylvania Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Please contact Lori Myers, 540-370-0835, for more information.

May 11th; 6:30pm
Early Stage for Caregivers and Persons with Dementia
Please call the Chapter Office, 540-370-0835, for more information.

May 12th; 1:30pm
For Caregivers
Homecare America
2017 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Please contact Lori Myers, 540-370-0835, for more information.

May 19th; 7pm
For Caregivers
Carriage Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center
6106 Health Center Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Please contact Judy Scheibe, 540-898-1378, for more information.

May 2015 Support Groups – Richmond and Tri-Cities

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May 4th; 10am
For Caregivers
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Please call Jessica Samet, 804-967-2580, for more information.

May 5th; 10:30am
For Caregivers
Second Branch Baptist Church
12217 Second Branch Road
Chesterfield, VA 23838
Please call Edith Byrnes, 804-271-4441, or Sharon Condrey, 804-590-9305, for more information.

May 5th; 7pm
For Caregivers
First Baptist Church
800 Thompson Street
Ashland, VA 23005
Please call Bob Junod, 804-752-2219, for more information.

May 5th; 3pm
For Caregivers
First Baptist Church
401 N. Second Avenue
Hopewell, VA 23860
Please call Blanche Castelow, 804-748-5585, or June Gilliam, 804-748-6668, for more information.

May 7th; 6pm
For Caregivers
Good Shepherd Baptist Church
1127 N. 28th Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Please call Wanda Hunt, 804-305-8394, for more information.

May 12th; 7pm
For Adult Children
Bon Air Methodist Church
1645 Buford Road
N. Chesterfield, VA 23235
Please call Lynda Gormus, 804-320-0619, or Erin Davidson, 804-514-2142, for more information.

May 13th; 9:30am
For Caregivers
Hanover Adult Day Center
7231 Stonewall Parkway
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Please call Vivian Bagby, 804-321-1649, or Barbara Allen, 804-782-1942, for more information.

May 13th; 10am
For Caregivers
New Life United Methodist Church
900 Old Hundred Road
Midlothian, VA 23114
Please call Bob Schaefer, 804-310-7991, or Leigh Hilldrup, 804-839-0236, for more information.

May 19th; 10am
For Caregivers
Lakewood Manor
1900 Lauderdale Drive
Henrico, VA 23238
Please call Mary Ann Johnson, 804-967-2582, for more information.

May 19th; 2pm
For Caregivers
Bon Air Methodist Church
1645 Buford Road
Family Life Center, Blanchette Brown Room
N. Chesterfield, VA 23235
Please call Nancy Lentz, 804-967-2586, for more information.

May 19th; 7pm
For Caregivers
Brandermill Woods Health Care Center
2100 Brandermill Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23112
Please call Merle Kahn, 804-967-2575, for more information.

May 21st; 7pm
For Caregivers
Lucy Corr Village
6800 Lucy Corr Court
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Please call Blanche Castelow, 804-748-5585, or Edith Byrnes, 804-271-4441, for more information.

May 23rd; 12pm
For Caregivers
First Union Baptist Church,
3510 Dill Road
Richmond, VA 23222
Please call Jacki Page, 804-321-2573, for more information.

May 28th; 1pm
For Caregivers
Chickahominy YMCA
5401 Whiteside Road
Sandston, VA 23150
Please call Connie Tucker, 804-241-2056, for more information.

May 28th, 1:30pm
Early Stage for Caregivers and Persons with Dementia
Please Call the Chapter Office, 804-967-2580, for more information.

Younger-Onset Group
This is a Support Group for individuals who were diagnosed with a dementia disease under the age of 65. For more information on this group, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter office at 804-967-2580.