On February 22, Congressman Daniel Webster presented a U.S. flag to the Alzheimer’s Family Organization. The ceremony took place at their office in Spring Hill.
Webster, the Republican representative from District 11, made the presentation in memory of his late mother who had suffered from Alzheimer’s. His mother was in a facility first, but then he decided to bring her home so he could care for her himself.
Webster stated, “I was honored to deliver a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol to the Alzheimer's Family Organization who provide support and services to caregivers and patients with Alzheimer's and dementia.”
Kathleen Winters, Executive Director of the organization commented, “We have been in existence for twenty-one years, serving eight counties including Hernando.”
Alzheimer’s Family Organization is geared toward education on the subject to caregivers, families and the health community. Their services include resource lists, support groups, respite care financial reimbursement and a variety of other programs.
The support groups meet at various locations around the county, such as Bayfront Health, Brooksville; Timber Pines Country Club; and Spring Hill Hospital.
The Respite Care Financial Assistance Program offers a $250 reimbursement to ensure that the caregiver has an opportunity to get away from their task, if even for a short time. Get your hair done, play a round of golf, join friends and family for a night out or anything else that may be enjoyable.
Ms. Winters states, “The task of caregiving will still be there when you return home, but it will at least give you a chance to replenish your resolve to continue as a caregiver.”
The flag that Congressman Webster donated to the organization was flown at the Fifth Annual Support Walk at the Villages Polo Club in Sumter County on Saturday, February 25. Parady Financial, with a donation of $10,000 was the co-name sponsor of this event.
Over 800 people participated in the 1½ mile walk. For those not able to complete the full course there was a turnaround point at the ¼ mile mark. One of the participants was a 96 year-old woman with a walker.
Because Alzheimer’s Family Organization is a non-profit organization, they depend on corporate and individual sponsors, as well as a variety of fundraising events like the recent walk. These include golf tournament and fashion shows.