Miles of Memories

Miles of Memories

On a crisp fall morning, families, co-workers, and friends gathered at Seville Square in Pensacola, to pay tribute to those they loved and may have lost to dementia during Alzheimer’s Family Services, Miles of Memories. Over 400 people gathered on November 11th to share in the fundraising event to support local caregivers of those with various types of dementia. When it was all said and done, the group raised a total of over $43,000 for the local non-profit, but as the social worker for the organization, I noticed that there was something much more about this event then fundraising.

For years now, I have encouraged our caregivers to attend a support group to help them cope with the hard tasks of caregiving. Support groups not only help equip caregivers with the tools they need to do their job, they also validate their feelings and help them know that they are not alone. What I saw at Miles of Memories was a support group. Over 400 people gathering to remember, to honor, and to show their respect to their loved ones. Despite the fact that their loved one may no longer recognize them, they remembered. They remembered the vacations, the weddings, the dinners, and the Holidays that they had with their loved one. Families shared fond memories, co-workers told their stories, and friends lifted one another up in support of what was, what is to come, and what may have been. This combined group truly had Miles of Memories and on that cool November morning we honored all those memories as a whole, together, for our loved ones.

Do you have a loved one with dementia? What do you remember?

Miles of Memories

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