2019 has arrived and if you are like me you are happy to say hello to a brand spanking new year. Chris and I don’t do a big blow out party or stay up super late on New Year’s Eve but I get excited about the new year and what it has to offer.
Of course Comments for a Cause will continue to be a part of It’s Just Life this coming year and I am happy share new and different charities and organizations with my readers. If you have any you think might be a good match for the blog please let me know. I have a couple in the pipeline but am always looking for new ideas.
This past month I featured a charity that is dear to the heart of one of my readers, Dawn. So many lives are lost yearly to horrible truck accidents and Dawn has worked tirelessly since her own father’s death to educate, bring awareness and work for change in the laws that govern safety in the trucking industry.
Our donation this month will go to CRASH (Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways) who partnered with PATT (Parents Against Tired Truckers) to form the Truck Safety Coalition (TSC). PATT and CRASH are nonprofits.
To enhance the quality of life for those living with Dementia, caregivers, and the community!
Their website is a wealth of information and it made sense to include a little bit of their goals in their own words:
Educate. To significantly raise the awareness and decrease the stigma in America to the spectrum of conditions collectively known as Dementia, through education.
Knowledge is the first step towards understanding Dementia. It’s important for people to get the information they need so they can cope with the challenges these diseases create. Our organization can be contacted at 1-800-DEMENTIA (1-800-336-3684) by anyone who would like more information on Alzheimer’s and all the other leading forms of Dementia.
Provide. To make available, non-medical, easy-to-understand Dementia awareness materials and resources for individuals, small businesses, larger corporations, civic organizations and communities-at-large. To provide monthly quality-of-life programs within continuing care communities and in public Dementia-friendly forums, that emphasize meaningful therapies for those living with Dementia, and their caregivers. These educational programs can be a lifeline for many people who are looking for ways to enrich the lives of men and women living with the disease.
Recognize. To encourage those who: provide exemplary Dementia caregiving, counseling, engagement and even nutritional support; develop prevention initiatives; and create innovative products, services, and solutions.
We believe that every American, and each employer in the U.S., should know the facts about Dementia. Therefore, our call-to-action is simply, Know Dementia!®
So please, this month, take time to read, leave a comment and share with others. My blog is my way of giving back and your comments help me to do that in a tangible way. For every comment made on any blog post during the month Chris and I will donate 50 cents to the Dementia Society of America. Please check out their website and all of their social media connections that I will share at the end of this blog post. Thank you for your willingness to leave comments and to continue to keep all of those with dementia and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.
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Thank you, Beth Ann, for all your support. We will use your donation to help other families come to DC.
That’s a great thing and I am happy that we were able to make a small donation to help with that. I did it online last night so hopefully the funds will be coming in for you guys. Thanks for your hard work for all.
Happy New Year! I love saying that! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a year from now we were celebrating real progress in the treatment of Dementia?
A most wonderful cause for this month, Beth Ann. I know how dear to your heart this organization must be. Here’s hoping this New Year will be one of promise and joy for you!
Thanks so much – I truly appreciate the support and the love and of course the comments!
Beth Ann and Chris, thank you for your continuing support of incredible causes. You two have blessed many with your financial gifts and your gift of increasing awareness. Happy New Year!
What a good and much needed cause. Mostly everyone now or later will be affect by this disease. I too want to thank you and Chris for all the caring you give to so many. Happy New Year and God bless.
I guess you know this is a charity close to my heart. A great way to start the new year. All the best to you and Chris for 2019!!
Great idea!I know that as a caregiver my sister worked tirelessly to get help for my dad at the nursing home where he was. I know that he had a better life because my sister was there to help with paperwork or just to advocate for him in so many ways. I am still grateful for all her help and I hope others will have the same opportunities.
My favorite uncle had dementia, and my dad had Alzheimers. I so appreciate any work done toward those illnesses to make lives better.
I never heard of this society and will have to look into it further and add it to my own list of charities I give to. Thanks for always sharing!
I love visiting old churches and graveyards. Most of my ancestors are buried in small cemeteries on Cape Cod and in Newfoundland. You had wonderful lighting for your pictures of the chapel. I was using a different definition of “ease” until I read the story, I’m glad you took the time to look up the history for us.
So many are like us Carolee—those who like to visit places like this. I did wonder about the word Ease and then it all made sense when I read why it was called that. It was a beautiful sunny day when we visited and I was not sure how the pictures would turn out but I guess you get the idea. Thanks for stopping by!
What a wonderful thing to do. God bless you and all whose lives you touch.
Thank you for taking the time to comment. Please come back and visit anytime!
Just found your site. You touch many hearts and are greatly appreciated. Sending you a cyber-hug.
Both my mom and mother in law battled Dimentia. So tough emotionally to see both of them deteriorate and suffer .
It is a tough disease, Ozzie, but we are blessed to have really great people taking care of her right now. I just have to trust that they are standing in the gap for us.