Yesterday was a great day at the Thomaston Memory Cafe. We had new people at the cafe and even had an LBDA volunteer who telephonically provides inisights about LBD to others. Her husband died last year, and she is now using her knowledge as an RN to help people with LBD and their care partners move through the maze of this horrific disease.
It seems that every cafe gets better and better. Those attending are becoming more engaged and sharing their concerns and offering insights into other people's concerns. We all learn from each other. While learning, we are still able to laugh and have fun.
In August 2013, I planned a Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Event in Thomaston, Georgia. The organization of this event came together quickly. We recapped the planning and the results of the event soon after the event. The North Africa Financial News Network shared the article written by Thomston Times and they had over 1500 views of the article. There were 1000+ people who attended the event. The Thomaston Times and Upson Beacon gave front page coverage. People all across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand gave money. Financially, the event was a success also. We raised $26,000 and after promotional, food, golf cart and other miscellaneous expenses, we netted $16,000 to give to the Lewy Body Dementia Associaton (www.lbda.org). As part of my planning for this event, I began a strategic plan that would enable me to advocate for dementia and hopefully help lead us into a more dementia friendly world.
After the memory cafe, the volunteer, my wife and myself met with the Director of Nurinsg at a local hospice. Our meeting brought much joy to me as we were able to set in place a plan that would enable us to utilize my plans over the past two years. I am one step further into being able to implement new resources that will potentially help persons living with dementia, care partners, businesses and society in general. My desire is that everyone work together to create a dementia friendly world.
Needless to say, I am utterly amazed at all that is occurring and I continue to thank God for all of His provisions.
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.