50 Stories for 50 Years: Story 28

Making an Impact – Alzheimer’s Resource Service

In 2015, many donors thoughtfully supported the Alzheimer’s Resource Service Expansion and Outreach Initiative via direct donation, gala attendance, raffle ticket purchase or corporate partnership. For that, the Bloomington Hospital Foundation is ever grateful.

The Foundation would like to share some excerpts from a letter recently received from Amanda Mosier, a Community Health Coordinator with the IU Health Alzheimer’s Resource Service. Amanda is a committed and spirited advocate for those in our community suffering from dementia. Her words serve as a powerful reminder of the impact we can make on the lives of others.

“It has been my dream to make our community a better place for the people who have dementia and their families. With the help of Dayna Thompson and the IU Health Alzheimer’s Resource Service, I have been able to offer education and support to help our dementia families cope, communicate and have a better quality of life.

I am currently the Community Lead in Indiana for the national effort for a Dementia Friendly America. We’re making sure Bloomington is on the map for our involvement in creating a dementia-friendly community. We will work to reduce the stigma of the disease so that more people will go out willingly to the places they have always loved and can count on our community to understand them and accommodate them better. Our goal is to create a better place to age right here in Bloomington.

Thank you to the Foundation for the opportunities that are arising due to the Alzheimer’s Resource Service Expansion and Outreach Initiative. Together our community will be a better place for those with dementia and for future generations to come.”

The IU Health Alzheimer’s Resource Service staff is passionate about the care of the 1,800+ Monroe County residents suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, along with their caregivers. They offer education, resources and support to caregivers at no charge – things like counseling, transportation vouchers, respite care, support groups, and an annual symposium.

Recently they also dramatically expanded “Caregiver University” classes in Bloomington and implemented the program in four other south central counties. Caregiver University teaches on topics such as home safety, legal issues in caregiving, end-of-life care and available resources for support. And they were able to do all of this thanks to those who supported the initiative.

If you’d care to continue to support the good work of the IU Health Alzheimer’s Resource Service, please visit BloomingtonHospitalFoundation.org and click on “Give Now.” Be sure to designate “Alzheimer’s Resource Service” for your donation. Together we are making an impact on healthcare in our local community.

50 Stories for 50 Years: Story 28