On Sept. 8, 2018, Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa, Colorado, took part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Pueblo, Colorado.
Six associates and volunteers from the building made the 120-mile road trip in order to participate, volunteering their time and energy to show support to the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
“This was my first year as a team captain and a participant in the walk,” said Jennifer Carr, health information management director. “I had the best time with my co-workers on that day. I was impressed by the amount of positive energy and atmosphere at the venue. The Memory Mile was a good reminder for me of the families suffering with this awful disease. It reminded me that my work as a nurse has a purpose, and that energized me to want to learn more about this disease so I can be more of a resource and help to families who are experiencing this life event together.”
Maria Quintana, activity director, had a similar experience.
“I couldn't believe how many people were there that day,” she said. “Everyone was there for a current patient of this disease or in memory of a loved one. The best part was walking with my co-workers as a team."
Fighting Alzheimer’s is serious business for Evergreen Nursing Home. Throughout August and September, the facility sold purple Alzheimer’s awareness ribbon cards in the community, and between that and other fundraisers and donations, the building has raised more than $2,160.
At the Pueblo walk, the facility achieved Champion Team status.