The Alzheimer’s Association

Teri Sellers

The PebbleCreek Alzheimer’s Support Group is available to all residents who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. We meet twice a month for a breakfast social and a support group meeting. Our goal is to provide support and information to families that are caring for a loved one with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit organization for families and caregivers of those that have Alzheimer’s or any other related dementia. The Desert Southwest chapter serves Arizona and southern Nevada. Currently there are more than 180,000 living with Alzheimer’s in this area and nearly 300,000 family and friends are providing care.

I am willing to bet that no one reading this article can say they don’t know of someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The association is there to provide education and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout our community. They are committed to advocating for the needs and rights of those facing this disease and advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure.

I have had the privilege of serving on the Alzheimer’s Association board. While living in Oklahoma, I chaired the education efforts throughout the state by bringing in speakers. I also had the honor of going to Washington, D.C., twice to help raise awareness in Congress and lobbying for additional funding. And finally, I have chaired the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Florida, Oklahoma, and twice here in the Valley.

As the facilitator of our support group, I often turn to our chapter for information and materials.

Every year, there is a national fundraising event called The Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our support group and others in PebbleCreek have supported this event for the past few years, and we have reached Champion status the past two years.

This year, we are hosting an event called QuarterMania on Oct. 13 in the Chianti Room. We are also hosting our own Walk here in PebbleCreek at SunRise Park on Nov. 5. We would love to have you join us at either or both events. QuarterMania tickets are only $25 and will guarantee you will have lots of fun and chances to win great prizes. The Walk is a free event to raise awareness, and donations at the Walk are gladly accepted.

For more information or a ticket, please call me at 602-793-0299.

If you are not a member of our group, it is easy to join. You are not alone. I want to share helpful resources and information with you and add you to our email list. Our support group is an excellent way to learn more about the journey that is dementia and a wonderful way to meet others who are going through the same journey as you. Your information is always safe and confidential. The benefits are priceless. Please contact me, Teri Sellers, at 602-793-0299 or [email protected]