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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • It was an eye opening activity

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    When I found out my grandmother had Alzheimer’s Disease several years ago, I?was very minimally informed about what that meant.


    Although I?knew it had to do with memory loss, I?learned alongside many of my family members as we watched her memory slowly fade away.

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  •   When I found out my grandmother had Alzheimer’s Disease several years ago, I?was very minimally informed about what that meant. Although I?knew it had to do with memory loss, I?learned alongside many of my family members as we watched her memory slowly fade away. While my grandma has passed away, the experience I had watching her as she went from a vibrant, active person to one who could not remember how to brush her own hair, was one I can say opened my eyes to the realities of the disease. I?often wondered what was going on in her head as she talked about things she could recall from decades ago – trying to communicate and asking questions that made no sense. I?will admit there were times when I?did not want to go and see her, because I?just didn’t know what to do. Thankfully for the future I?can say I?am a little more equipped thanks to a tour I was able to take a couple of years ago. The tour, called the virtual dementia tour, gave me the chance to experience on some small scale what it might be like for someone who has some sort of dementia issues. I remember the sensation during the tour of feeling completely overwhelmed by what was going on and completely unable to keep on task. The intent of the tour, from what I?could glean, was to help people like me have a greater sense of empathy for those who deal with it every day. I?know I?was glad when I was done and thought to myself how terrible it would be to have to live with that all of the time. In a couple of weeks, March 6, to be exact, the same tour I?took is going to be offered again here in Redwood Falls at ACMC. The tour is part of an event sponsored by the Redwood Area Dementia Awareness Network. It doesn’t take a long time, but I?am willing to guarantee the few moments you spend on this tour are going to change your perspective. So, if you have a loved one who has dementia, if you work with people who have dementia or are just curious about memory loss I want to encourage you to take the tour. You can get involved by contacting Karen Christensen of the Redwood County Volunteers program. Call her at (507) 627-1016 to set up an appointment. While you are at it, take the time that day to take in the rest of the memory loss event that includes a keynote address at 5:45 p.m. I?hope to see you there March 6. … I hope you are taking the time to look at our video online. I?know they are still very raw, and we are hoping with time to improve upon the content of what you are seeing. If you have any suggestions of things you would like to see in our video content, give us a call. Also, if you have a video you would like to submit, you can send me an e-mail with the .mov formatted video attached. Just remember if you send me a video and it gets posted on our Web site there is the potential for anyone and everyone to see it. … I want to congratulate the Redwood Area School District and Education Minnesota-Redwood Falls leadership for coming together on a new two-year contract. After two years of hard freezes, we think teachers certainly deserved a bump in pay. After all, I?know I?would not want to do what they do. More than the raise, though, I?really appreciated the vision to change the way the agreement is structured and how civil it seems the two sides were with each other. I?know when negotiations begin between any two parties the result can become very confrontational.  So, having leadership on both sides who know the value of working together toward a common cause is refreshing to say the least.

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