Doggies for Dementia 2021
Did You See This?
It’s been another wacky year, but we kept our chins up, our eyes wide, our hearts open and our minds busy!
We know the world is a ‘busy’ place with lots and lots of information coming at you daily. We thought it would be beneficial and fun to review what we’ve been up to in case you missed it.
Doggies for Dementia Foundation
What You May Have Missed-Part 1
Our Mission Statement
Doggies for Dementia Foundation reduces stigma, isolation, and loneliness for those impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia by providing beautiful experiences and photographs, a platform to share their stories with others, and education and awareness in order to better understand the diseases.
About Those Photo Sessions!
The pandemic and subsequent lock downs made it a bit challenging and frankly unsafe for us to perform our mission of gifting exceptional experiences, photography sessions and prints (aka Priceless Treasures).
HOWEVER, we were able to gift FIVE families beautiful experiences. Some of these videos haven’t been seen yet!
Becky and Tara
Becky is 56 and has early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Please take a look at their story in this BLOG and the video slideshow of our day with them.
Arthena and Virous
We traveled to Macon, Georgia to visit with Arthena and her husband Virous. Arthena is an Alzheimer’s Disease Advocate and stays very busy, so we were delighted to catch up with her. We had a wonderful visit. She will change how you think about Alzheimer’s Disease! She, like Becky, is 56 and has Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mala B and her Daughter Nina
Mala B loves art from ceramics to oil paints. She has a BA in art. She especially loves purple and orange and gravitates toward a modern aesthetic. She was born in India, and her daughter and two grandchildren attended the photo session as well as their golden doodle named Beary. The moments captured between Mala and her daughter and grandchildren are so touching. Beary loved to smile too.
Leona (Lee) and her daughter Jennifer
Lee comes from a family of engineers who studied at Texas A&M. She was married many years to her husband who was a Texas A&M professor in the Civil Engineering Department and many children and grandchildren followed his path. She particularly enjoyed his sense of humor. We enjoyed our session with this lovely family and their golden retriever Wyatt. Lee has Alzheimer’s Disease.
Lizel and Jessica
Lizel is originally from Puerto Rico as is my family so we had something in common right away. Lizel loves languages and is multilingual. She had a full, exciting love which was changed by vascular dementia and then frontal temporal dementia. Be sure and check out this blog, because Lizel’s daughter Jessica is doing some really amazing and inspiring things.
Enjoy their video! By the way, we weren’t sure how it would work with a living dog, so I offered our mechanical breathing puppy. We were relieved when she took to it right away.
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Doggies for Dementia Foundation is a 501c3 corporation with a mission to provide beautiful experiences and memories for those impacted by dementia using photography. We are also advocates with sights on raising awareness through education, so nobody has to experience the pain of stigma, isolation and loneliness. Experts Dig in with Doggies for Dementia is our program with interesting and informative interviews with experts from all realms including family members and professional caregivers. We are 100% funded by donations, sponsorships and volunteers. Families are gifted the photo sessions.