Dementia Fundraiser Chloe Takes Race Against Dementia From Yorke Peninsula To Glenelg
Edithburgh local, Chloe Lowes, leads the way as current top fundraiser for largest dementia fundraising event in Australia, the Memory Walk & Jog.
Chloe, her spouse Andrew and step children Liam and Jamie will walk along the Sothern Esplanade in Glenelg, March 26 as team ‘WalkForDi2016’ to raise funds for vital support services which have helped their family.
“Our journey began back in October 2011 when Mum received the diagnosis, the confirmation that she had Younger Onset Dementia. She was just shy of her 52nd Birthday.” Chloe said.
Like many others, Chloe’s mother Di has deteriorated rapidly since her diagnosis. She now has little capacity for speech, can no longer dress herself or eat with a knife and fork. Di struggles to understand questions and cannot shower independently.
These changes in Di have taken both an emotional and physical toll on Chloe and her family. Seeing her mother in residential care for the first time, Chloe felt heart broken, but fortunately she was not alone.
“In early 2016 I made contact with Alzheimer’s Australia SA after hearing the ads on the radio with Ita Buttrose. To this day, I am not sure why it took me so long to make contact.”
Following contact, Alzheimer’s Australia SA was able to provide Chloe and Di a Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker to help them manage the difficult period of change.”
A Key Worker supports individuals and families to take an active role in their own health and wellbeing through the provision of information, counselling and advice. They also assist individuals to develop goals and action plans, navigate the health system and engage with services appropriate to their own unique needs.
“Our key worker was amazing!” Commented Chloe. “She knew everything and we were lost without her”
When Chloe would get knocked back searching for respite and support for her mother, her Key Worker would step in and find a solution for their care needs.
Chloe hopes to help others who may be going through a similar situation by raising funds through the Memory Walk & Jog to ensure the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program can continue.
“I hope to do all I can to raise awareness and funds to help as many people as we possibly can who are affected by this truly devastating disease.” Said Chloe.
“Together I believe we can all make a big difference and hope my story might be reason enough for others to get behind Alzheimer’s Australia SA and put their hands in their pockets.”
Chloe has established an online fundraising page aiming to raise more than $2,000 for Younger Onset Dementia support services – www.gofundraise.com.au/page/WalkForDi2016
Walk with Chloe and team ‘WalkForDi2016’ Sunday March 26 by registering for the Glenelg Memory Walk & Jog – www.memorywalk.com.au
Memory Walk & Jog is the largest fundraiser for dementia in Australia. In 2017, Alzheimer’s Australia will hold 18 Memory Walk & Jog events around the country to raise funds to support people with dementia, their families and carers, and help promote brain health and healthy lifestyles to all Australians. All courses are wheelchair accessible and there are different distances to choose from, depending on your age and fitness level.
Alzheimer’s Australia SA is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area www.fightdementia.org.au
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