Alzheimer’s Association seeks help

Published July 17, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

The Alzheimer’s Association is seeking local volunteers to facilitate Family Caregiver Support Groups in Mount Vernon. “Caregivers of those with dementia often feel helpless and alone in their experience,” said April Scott, Manager of Community Support at the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter. “A support group facilitator has the ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these caregivers.” Support group facilitators aren’t required to be experts. Our Chapter-trained volunteers receive excellent training, ongoing support, access to resources, and continuing education opportunities.

Often, working or retired social workers, healthcare professionals, educators, and former family caregivers are best qualified to be support group facilitators, but anybody with a helping heart is welcome to apply. A commitment of at least one year is required.

For more information on becoming a support group facilitator, contact April Scott, Manager of Community Support, at 1.800.848.7097 or 206.529.3875, apscott@alz.org,

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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