A couple hours off may not seem like much to many, but to someone caring for an Alzheimer's patient, the simple act of carving out time to take a shower or run to the grocery store requires precision ' and a lot of help from an extended support system ' if they're lucky enough to have one. To help make a difference in the lives of local families who have been affected by Alzheimer's and dementia, the staff of the Observer-Reporter has launched a fundraising initative linked to the yearlong special reporting project, 'No Longer Me.' The newspaper has partnered with the Washington County Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greene County to establish charitable funds connected to the project. At the culmination of the series, all money raised will be divided between the Alzheimer's Association Greater Pennsylvania Chapter and Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging to support Alzheimer's patients and caregivers in the two-county area.
To donate to the No Longer Me fund in Washington County, visit the Washington County Community Foundation's website, click "Donate Now" and then "No Longer Me: Alzheimer's Fund." Or, click on the fund link. To donate to the Community Foundation of Greene County, visit the foundation's website at http://cfgcpa.org/ and click the "Donate Now" button, or use the direct link to the online giving portal. Help us make a difference.