Family caregivers know all too well the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s on the families of seniors living with this incurable disease.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.1 million people 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. They likely will lose one of their most treasured possessions – memories.
The “I Will Remember for You Family Reunion Giveaway” contest recently launched by the Home Instead Senior Care network can help those families keep their memories alive.
Entrants are invited to submit a story in either written or video format about their experience with a family member living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias for a chance to win a family reunion. Essays and videos need to:
• Share how Alzheimer’s has impacted your life.
• Talk about the role that memories and remembering have played in your family, especially with regard to your family member who now has or had Alzheimer’s.
• Share specific stories or examples of how you and your family members cope or coped with challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
• Tell why you deserve to win this family reunion.
Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 31. Three finalists will be notified by a judge’s panel by Feb. 15. Online voting to select the grand prizewinner will be held from March 28 through June 30.
The contest’s grand prizewinner will have the opportunity to experience a family reunion funded by Home Instead, Inc.
The reunion will include activities to help family members create and capture special memories together such as a scrapbooking and shadow box station, a memory booth to capture videos, photos or written thoughts, and assistance from a professional family historian to create a family memory anthology.
Attendance of the family member with Alzheimer’s disease will be left to the discretion of the winner. If the individual with Alzheimer’s does not attend, the Home Instead Senior Care network will arrange for a local office to provide the family member with in-home care services during reunion activities.
“We hope this contest will help turn some of the negative aspects associated with this disease into proactive projects that will preserve family memories for generations to come,” said Jeff Huber, president and chief operating officer of Home Instead, Inc.
The grand prizewinner will be revealed in November, following the family reunion event. For more contest details, visit www.rememberforalzheimers.com. For additional information about Alzheimer’s disease, including a blog and resources, visit www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com.