The Longmont team, left to right: Shirley McNeff from The Bridge, Joleen McGee from Life Care, Lisa Rademacher from The Bridge and Tammie Baker from Life Care

On Sept. 14, 2019, the Alzheimer’s Association held its Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Denver, with great participation from Life Care Centers of America and Century Park Associates.

 

Thirteen teams represented several Life Care and Century Park buildings in the area, as well as Life Care’s Mountain States Division office. More than 400 Life Care and Century Park associates, residents, family members and friends attended the walk, which took place at Denver City Park. Life Care and Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence in Aurora also had a booth at the event.

 

The Rocky Mountain Region and Garden Terrace raised a total of $19,937.03.

 

The biggest fundraising team at the event was from Life Care Center of Longmont and The Bridge at Longmont. The skilled nursing and assisted living centers joined together to raise $7,200. Most of that was raised during their annual golf tournament, which is 29 years strong.

 

“I am the team captain for the walk, and Alzheimer’s has affected all of us in our lifetime,” said Joleen McGee, admissions and marketing director at Life Care Center of Longmont. “My father was 58 years old when he was diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia. It was very fast and progressive, and by the time he was 60, he needed 24-hour care.”

 

McGee added that in addition to both Longmont communities serving patients with dementia, she runs a lunch (sponsored by Life Care) at the local senior center for those with dementia, as well as for their primary caregivers.

 

“My favorite part of the walk is seeing all the people who are so committed to this cause walking for friends, loved ones, family, etc.,” said Barb Branch, financial secretary for the Mountain States Division.

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