Linda Rodezno, Caregiver, Volunteer Advocate, Blogger for the Alzheimer’s AssociationPrint This Post
During National Volunteer Week and all year long, we wish to celebrate the stories of our dedicated and hard-working volunteers. This is the story of Linda Rodezno, Caregiver, volunteer advocate, blogger for the Alzheimer’s Association:
The path to volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association started for me 5 years ago, when I received an email from a cousin. He had run into my mother while shopping in downtown Santa Tecla, El Salvador. Mom had gotten lost and could not find her way home. My sister and I caught a red-eye to El Salvador and brought her and Dad back home with us. A few months later, Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dad with Parkinson’s with Lewy Body Disease. Caring for one loved one with dementia is demanding; caring for two at the same time has been physically, emotionally, and financially challenging. It didn’t take long for my family to realize how limited our caregiving resources were: thank God for the Alzheimer’s Association! What started as a quest to learn more about my parents’ disease and how to care for them, has turned into a personal mission to bring more awareness to Alzheimer’s and related neurological diseases. I recognize it’s too late for my parents: we lost Dad last year. But it’s not too late for you, me, or future generations. We just need a strong investment in research. Without it all we have is hope. This is why I volunteer and advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association.
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