Waltonwood Lake Boone, a premier senior living community, is inviting the public to participate in its bake sale fundraiser on Friday, September 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise funds and awareness for Dementia Alliance of North Carolina. This is one of several events the community (located at 3550 Horton Street) will host this year to support the organization. The cause is particularly important to resident Louise Powell, whose husband Don lives in the memory care neighborhood at the senior living community. Powell is eager to contribute to finding a cure, and baking is a hobby of hers. She will put her baking skills to the test when she joins other residents in the kitchen. She plans to make her favorite chocolate chip cookies and shortcake for everyone to enjoy. Powell says going through the process of dementia with her husband hasn’t been easy, but she is eager to do her part and contribute to the cause.

 “I’ve always loved baking, but I was not able to bake as often as I would have liked because I spent the last few years caring for Don,” said Powell. “However, now that we have a new home at Waltonwood and I can rely on the team here to help with his needs, I am looking forward to pulling out my recipes and baking sheets to make a difference. It is very important to give back, especially to an organization that is working hard to find a cure for all forms of dementia. I do my best to see my husband as often as I can. He still remembers me, and his eyes light up when I enter the room. It is heartwarming to see because every day is different for someone with dementia. I understand that the way the disease progresses is out of my hands, but knowing I am doing my part by giving back is rewarding.”

Since moving to the community, Powell has made several friends, including Kathy Midboe. The two would enjoy dinner each night in the dining room, attend programs together and much more. Midboe recently started to show cognitive decline and moved to the memory care neighborhood at Waltonwood Lake Boone. Now when Powell visits her husband, she also sees her friend. Powell says they may not be together every night, but their friendship is something she cherishes.

“Kathy and I hit it off right away, and I am thankful I still get to see her from time to time,” said Powell. “Kathy and Don need to see familiar people, and I am happy to provide that for both of them. Dementia is a challenging disease. It can be frustrating, emotional, difficult and much more. Hosting events like the bake sale is significant. This is our way to help an organization that is making a difference. Who doesn’t enjoy baked goodies? I look forward to baking and being with my husband and new friends at Waltonwood Lake Boone. One day I know we will find a cure, but until then we all need to do our part to support every effort out there.”

Dementia affects between 17 and 25 million people worldwide, and there are many types of the disease, including Alzheimer’s Disease. Understanding the varying types of dementia is critical for both the person with the disease, their family, and the caregivers. Waltonwood Lake Boone is honored to host the bake sale to support Dementia Alliance of North Carolina.

“Every day in our memory care neighborhood we see what people living with dementia and their family members go through,” said Allison O’Shea, executive director. “This will be a meaningful event for so many at the community. Raising money and awareness will not only help fund research, it also encourages others to keep their bodies and minds healthy. We hope the public stops by, purchases the homemade baked goods and learns more ways they can support Dementia Alliance. Let’s show those fighting this disease that they are not alone.”

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