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AD/dementia caregiver coach needs home; iPods for clients

Organized by: Deborah Susswein

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Thank you to everyone who is in my corner!
June 23, 2016

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THE STORY:

My name is Deborah Susswein. I’m 66 years old and ordinarily a very happy person, with a calling to advocate for elders, especially those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. I am a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a PAC Approved Coach for caregivers of people living with dementia. My mission is to provide coaching skills to as many family and professional caregivers as possible because the Baby Boomer generation (of which I am one) is growing so rapidly that so many more coaches will be needed with the increase of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s. Recently, my life took an unanticipated turn for the worse medically and financially. Through no fault of my own, I will have to leave the house I’ve been renting for the last 15 years. I have nowhere to go; I work part time as a companion for a man with dementia and I receive Social Security, but I have little to no savings and plenty of bills to pay. I live alone and have three 11-year-old cats, littermates that I’ve had as my companions since they were weaned. I have to move and I have no funds to do it: moving costs, rent—first and last, security deposit, and of course, a pet-friendly residence. That usually means a pet deposit, too. I don’t want to move. I want to stay and build my business as an elder caregiver and caregiver coach. I also started a business called NeuroArts, which I have been promoting to assisted living facilities. I combine brain fitness and the arts to all residents of ALFs—independent, assisted living and memory care—tailored to their needs and abilities. My dream is to provide all of my dementia clients with iPods, each having a playlist created just for them. As dementia progresses, music is one of the last experiences that residents can enjoy, live for and revel in. It is critical in the last stages of dementia. Currently, I am in a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. In my last PET scan, beta amyloid plaque was detected, so I am doing what I can to stave off this horrific disease through a healthy lifestyle and the clinical trial. It is ongoing for three and a half years and I want to continue, but if I have to move, I may not have this service at my disposal.

$1,470

 

15% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Lynne Wasley

    $50

  • Gene Baldrate

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • judith fein

     

  • Anonymous

    $300

  • Cathy and Craig Schaffner

    $200

  • anita moeder

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Linda Rosoff

    $50

  • Viviane & Goran

    $100

  • Tom Gargiulo

    $100

  • Pattie T

    $20

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Deborah Susswein

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Donor Comments

Pattie T

Pattie T

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Tom Gargiulo

Tom Gargiulo

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Viviane & Goran

Viviane & Goran

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Linda Rosoff

Linda Rosoff

DONATION: $50

Good luck Deborah. I hope everything works out for you. 2 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $100

Sorry that I cannot do more . . . DW 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $75

2 years ago

anita moeder

anita moeder

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Cathy and Craig Schaffner

Cathy and Craig Schaffner

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $300

2 years ago

judith fein

judith fein

deborah dancer, i pray you get what you need 2 years ago

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