Couple's Faith Helps Them Cope With Alzheimer's

2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's


Where:  Wichita, Kansas

               WSU's Cessna Stadium


When:   Saturday, September 10, 2011

               Registration at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

               Walk ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m.


Length:   1-3 mile


Contact:  Call or email Ryan Rhodes at the Central and Western KS 

                 Office at 316-267-7333 or ryan.rhodes@alz.org

      

 

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Update: Friday, September 9, 2011

Last night, I introduced you to a Wichita man who is a minister, a grandfather of ten, and a former major in the army. He has two masters degrees. He also has Alzheimer's.

There is a way you can help Richard and over 50 thousand other Kansans with Alzheimer's. This Saturday join Dawson Grimsley and me for the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium.

The walk begins at 10 a.m.

You can find more information on how you can help, or on how to register for the walk by clicking here.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Richard Zabel is a minister, and a grandfather of ten. He served as a major in the army. He has two masters degrees. He also has Alzheimer's.

Zabel was diagnosed at just 60-years-old. "Right now, I am giving thanks to God that I am doing so well," Zabel said. "I can still drive normally, and I can still do normal things like cutting grass."

But, the Zabels know, this won't last. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease. It is a physical condition, not a mental one. It happens when plaque attacks cells in the brain. In a diagram, one can see how the invasion of plaque takes place over time. "Every month, every
year, could bring something new...something totally different," Cherie Zabel, Richard's wife, said.

The Zabels have found help in coping with the diagnosis by contacting the Alzheimer's Association for support. "The best way we have found to prepare is to go to the Alzheimer's Support Group."
That support group, the Zabels said, and other services of the local Alzheimer's Association, are invaluable. That's true not only for the Zabels, but for almost 85 local families a month who call the office.

"It lets us know what to expect. How to deal with it. You can call them on the phone anytime," Cherie Zabel said. "There's someone there to help you."

The Zabels say they really don't know what they would do without the association, or their faith. "Faith gives me the strength not to get discouraged, and to always have hope for the future," Richard Zabel said. "And to not only be a good example, but a good witness."

You can help those with Alzheimer's by joining Dawson Grimsley of Davis Moore and Susan for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. It's this Saturday, September 10, 2011, at Wichita State University's Cessna Stadium. You can find more information on how you can help, or on how to register for the walk by clicking here.


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