Sunday, July 28, 2013

Nana's Angel


By Jenna Mele, OTR/L

My grandmother, Nana, lived with Alzheimer's and in her memory I have dedicated my career as an occupational therapist to improving the lives of those touched by this disease. As an occupational therapist I work with and learn from older adults in both skilled nursing facilities and home health. Sweet memories of both my grandmother and patients inspire me to advocate for better support services and a cure.

Currently as many as 5.6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. If the current trend continues, Alzheimer's will bankrupt families, communities, and our healthcare system. Nana's Angels will organize fundraiser nights at local restaurants and walk together in the Alzheimer's Walk on November 3, 2013. As a team our goal is to raise $2000 to support the Alzheimer's Association, who provide consultations, information, referrals, and support programs to our community. Each team member is asked to raise at least $25 dollars. Occupational therapy has much it can offer to this population, but most families are not aware of how they can benefit from an intervention. Help me contribute to an important cause today, by walking with us to raise awareness of our field and financial support for the people who have given so much to us!

Check out our Facebook page: which links to my team page through the Alzheimer's Association ( Read more about our team and find out what kind of role you can play to help!

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