Residents inspire Windham Terrace Alzheimer's walk team
People like Windham Terrace resident Evelyn Guerin, center, are the reason for the Walk to End Alzheimer's fundraisers held across the country, including this past weekend in Manchester. The Salem native, shown with her daughters Laurie Whelan, left, and Marianne Guerin, has vascular dementia, the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease. (COURTESY)
The facility's staff and many of the residents' family members joined the hundreds of walkers who participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday in Arms Park in Manchester.
"The focus of this year's Walk to End Alzheimer's is on dementia, which is close to my heart as my mom suffers from vascular dementia," said Marianne Guerin, a former Salem resident whose mother, Evelyn Guerin, lives at Windham Terrace.
The family of six spent many happy years in their craftsmen home, though most memories from those days are now lost to the family's matriarch.
"It's been difficult to see our mother decline, but we're grateful for the time we have with her," said Marianne Guerin, who now lives in Olympia, Wash. "She's a lovely person and her beautiful essence still shines through, despite the dementia."
"With greater awareness, there is the hope that dementia and Alzheimer's research will become a greater priority for public funding," she said.
"With the population continuing to live longer, this disease will be affecting more and more people," said Lynda Brislin, the facility's executive director. "It impacts the quality of life in so many ways, so finding a cure in the beginning stages would be a miracle."
It's still possible to support the Windham Terrace team. To donate or for more about the walk, go to www.alz.org and click "NH" on the map, select "Manchester" and then enter the team next to "Find a team." There are also links to donate to teams that participated in walks on Sept. 21 in Keene and Sunday in Portsmouth.
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