Lewy Body Dementia Association’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year is Joy Walker. Joy is a writer, hospice worker and bereavement counselor and worked as a professional care-manager for her father. In 2011, she published a memoir about being her father's live-in caregiver and her experiences cleaning out the family home, filled with 40 years of living, memories, and hoarded material.
Joy maintains a popular blog about caregiving, end of life issues, Lewy body dementia, and living with a chronic illness. It was voted one of Healthline.com's 25 Most Popular Dementia/Caregiving Blogs of 2012 and 2013, and was a finalist in SeniorHomes.com’s Best Individual Health Blogs of 2013. She has also guest blogged for Practical Alzheimer's , a popular UK dementia web site. She also blogged for Autumn Grove, a Texas-based memory care facility, and will be a regular guest blogger for MySilverAge.com in the coming year.
Joy is passionate about the stress and struggle of being a caregiver and finding ways in which caregivers can be better supported. To that end she facilitates two LBD support groups and volunteers as a Lewy Buddy, LBDA’s telephone support volunteer. She also volunteers as a bereavement counselor for Providence Hospice of Seattle and helps co-facilitate several grief support groups. Joy is currently finishing her second book, a collection of essays and advice for caregivers and is extremely excited and honored to be chosen as LBDA Volunteer of the Year!
February Health Observances
American Heart Month
The American Heart Assocation gives you the tools you need to play a crucial role in the fight against heart disease and stroke. For more information visit www.heart.org.
Healtheo360.com - Join Us!
If you have not already done so, join the LBD online support on Healtheo360.com. This online support group provides a place to share your stories, ask questions and support others in the LBD community.
Support Volunteers Needed
LBDA is seeking volunteers to fill critical caregiver support roles. We need LBDA forum moderators and support group facilitators. These volunteer roles require you to be emotionally supportive, good listeners, and invest just a small amount of your time. These roles do not, however, require you to be an expert who has all of the answers! Learn more by contacting email@example.com.
Volunteering May Make You Happier!
People volunteer for many reasons. Common reasons that people cite for volunteering include giving something back to their community or supporting an organization or charity that has supported them. A recent study finds that "it is still unclear whether biological and cultural factors and social resources that are often associated with better health and survival are also associated with a willingness to volunteer in the first place,” but that volunteering may make you happier!