ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA, January 16, 2009 - The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) has presented Victoria Ruff with its 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award at the “Lewy Body Dementia Educational Presentation” at Sherrill House, home to LBDA’s local Boston support group. The evening included an Alzheimer’s vs. Lewy Body Dementia lecture by Dr. Stephen Gomperts, Massachusetts General Hospital, and a book signing/discussion with Dr. Thomas Graboys, author of Life in the Balance: a Physician’s Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia.
The award, one of LBDA’s highest honors, is presented annually to a volunteer who demonstrated innovation and dedication in building awareness about Lewy body dementias, who enhanced the efficiency of LBDA, and who exceeded LBDA’s expectations in their role as a volunteer. Individuals are nominated for this award by their fellow LBDA volunteers and the winner is selected by LBDA’s Board of Directors each fall in Atlanta, GA.
“Victoria has been a volunteer with LBDA since 2006. She began her volunteer work after the passing of her mother, who had LBD. Within two years the support group she started had more than 60 members. Victoria is also responsible for engaging participants to increase awareness about Lewy body dementia through participation in the Boston area annual Memory Walk and through delivering LBDA materials to local doctor’s offices and nursing homes,” said LBDA CEO Kim Mitchell.
“Receiving this award is very meaningful. After the passing of my mother, I had all this knowledge about Lewy body dementia that I didn’t want to just fall through the cracks. I chose to continue the fight because there was so little information out there. I felt that if I could just help one caregiver and/or family from going through what we went through during my mom’s journey, it would make it all worthwhile,” said Ms. Ruff.
ABOUT LEWY BODY DEMENTIA ASSOCIATION (LBDA) - The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the Lewy body dementias (LBD), supporting patients, their families and caregivers, and promoting scientific advances.
ABOUT SHERRILL HOUSE, SKILLED NURSING & REHABILITATION CENTER - Sherrill House, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is an American Health Care Association (AHCA) Step II Quality Award winner. It is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation, and has affiliations with the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation (MECF), MassAging, Match-up Interfaith Volunteers, and the Jamaica Plain Eldercare Network. Minutes away from the world-class medical facilities in the Longwood Medical Area, Sherrill House is affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and Trinity Church, Boston. It serves the Greater Boston community and men and women of all nationalities, races and religions.
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