Many people pick their profession; mine is a calling. When I joined Spring Arbor of Albemarle four years ago, I was drawn to the opportunity of making a difference in the lives of seniors. I never knew just what an impact it would have on me.
Working with residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can be emotional. Seeing someone that you love slowly lose their ability to recognize you or complete simple tasks gives you a greater appreciation of how important it is to support them and to spend as much time with them as possible. Each resident that I work with is special to me and I want to make a positive difference in their lives as well as the lives of their family members every day. Most importantly, I want to help make a difference by supporting new research and treatments so that future generations will never know the pain that comes with this horrible disease.
For the past several years, I have worked with the local community to organize a Memory Care Walk and 5K Run to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Western Carolina. It has been an amazing experience educating area residents on the importance of Alzheimer’s research and treatment – many of whom were not familiar with the disease. The business community has been extremely supportive by sponsoring shirts, backpacks and items to put in the backpacks to give to each participant of the Walk or Run.
This year was our most successful event yet! Dozens of runners and walkers weaved through the rolling hills of the beautiful Albemarle historic district and our local police provided the escort – even though sometimes the runners tried push them a bit faster! We also raised a significant amount of money for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Creating this event has been so meaningful to me. I love that HHHunt and Spring Arbor provide me with the support to make a difference in the lives of others. There is no other feeling like it!
Christy Crisco, Activities Director
Spring Arbor of Albemarle, North Carolina