Generations at Regency recently participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Gallery Park in Glenview, IL. The Alzheimer’s Association has sponsored a walk that focuses on raising awareness on the battle of Alzheimer’s and fighting to the end the disease since 1989. In 2015 more than 50,000 teams participated in more than 600 Walks across the country, raising more than $75 million.
Our facility prepared weeks before by fundraising for the walk, we set a financial goal and worked towards that goal in various ways. Generations at Regency hosted a series of $5 drawings for “pie in the face.” The drawing consisted of the winner picking from 10 department heads who they wanted to pie. It was a messy but delicious treat! We also set up donation jars around the facility as well as sold Alzheimer’s bracelets for $1, wacky scrubs day for $2 and grill out day with hot dog and chips for $3. Generations at Regency is one of the hubs of Generations Healthcare Network’s Alzheimer and dementia wards. Though all facilities offer residents care for these illnesses, we have a special unit and program that helps individuals to maintain optimal level of independence and quality of life in a secured and safe environment.
Our staff, their friends and family could not have asked for a better day. It was bright and sunny with great weather for a walk. Lorrie Butler, the administrator at Regency remarked, “This walk and our fundraising are super important to me and my facility because a large population of the patients we care for has Alzheimer’s. Our Alzheimer’s unit works hard to ensure our residents are comfortable and get the best care possible. We walk for them.” Andrea Jacobs the Director of Marketing at Generations at Regency reflects on their participation. “What a beautiful day it was for such a fun and important event! Every year our team strives to achieve a higher goal, not only for monetary but for the awareness of this disease. We are already brainstorming for next year and we can’t wait!”
Our team was overjoyed to fundraise and participate in the walk. We raised 71 percent of our goal! The event is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our facility cannot wait for next year!