Alzheimer's: Darien caregiver being honored

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The flyer for "2021 Celebrating Hope" from The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter gives details about the 8th annual May 15, virtual event.

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The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter is celebrating its 8th annual Hope Virtual Benefit “2021 Celebrating Hope” May 15, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Mark Teixeira as the emcee of the event. All donors will be able to view the program on that date.

Richard Helstein, a Darien caregiver, who is also a longtime resident of the town. was honored April 14, and will be given the Courage and Hope Award.

Helstein also cared for his wife Susan through her six year journey with Alzheimer’s until she passed away more than a year ago.

To donate or to bid on the virtual silent auction, visit celebratinghope.givesmart.com.

There are more than 80,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Connecticut, and that number is expected to reach more than 91,000 by 2025, according to information from the association.

The annual gala event is also going to feature remarks from families, and special guests who inspire hope for a world without Alzheimer’s, and all other dementia.

The event is also going to help the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter educate, and empower people who are living with dementia, and their caregivers, while continuing to support critical research to advance treatments for Alzheimer’s. Richard Helstein, a Darien caregiver, who is also a longtime resident of the town. was honored April 14, and will be given the Courage and Hope Award.

Helstein also cared for his wife Susan through her six year journey with Alzheimer’s until she passed away more than a year ago.

Ashley Williams, the special guest for the event, and an actress, and the Alzheimer Association’s celebrity champion, is going to go share Williams’ personal reason for supporting the association.

In 2016, Williams lost her mother Linda following a long journey with Alzheimer’s. Inspired by her mother’s career in fundraising, Williams is dedicated to advocating for families facing Alzheimer’s, while she remains resilient in her effort to raising awareness, and funds to advance the association’s mission.

Since its inception in a previous year, “Celebrating Hope” has raised more than $1 million for Alzheimer’s, and dementia care and research.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s, and all other dementia, by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. The organization’s vision is a world without Alzheimer's, and all other dementia.