Friday, October 23, 2015

Tim Harrington 'Alzheimer's Association' November 6th 2015

Our monthly First Friday Mass and Meeting is November 6th. Our speaker will be Tim Harrington. Mr. Harrington is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tim had the role of a secondary caregiver to his father who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2009 after a courageous 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In those years Tim learned of the struggles someone with Alzheimer’s endures as well as the toll it takes on the caregivers. Once his father passed he turned this knowledge and a passion to make a difference into a volunteer role at the local Alzheimer’s branch. He was very active in advocacy efforts on both state and federal level. Tim, along with his family, also launched an annual golf outing to help raise funds and awareness, which to date has raised over $105,000 to help further the efforts to help families affected and help researchers find a way to prevent, treat or cure Alzheimer’s. These efforts led Tim to a full time position with the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter as the Advocacy Coordinator and also community outreach aimed at reaching caregivers through their health care providers or workplace.

The presentation that will be given will focus on the basics of Alzheimer’s or related dementias, along with the many free services the Alzheimer’s Association provides here in our community that are aimed at helping families find the support and resources they may need to navigate the journey ahead. The information provided will highlight how what they do is all driven from the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association:

"The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health."
Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 A.M. in the Chapel of St. Edmund Campion, located on the 4th floor of Eckstein Hall (Marquette University Law School). Mass will be followed by our meeting and discussion from 8:00-9:00 A.M., which includes a continental breakfast (suggested donation $4.00). Parking is available in the Eckstein Hall underground parking structure. (Enter the lot, pull a ticket, and find an open parking space. Once parked, take the elevator to main floor, which opens to the foyer, and go to the welcome desk to get your parking ticket validated.)