Dementia Project your chance to assist family, friends and neighbors
Help raise awareness about the rising incidence of dementia in the Sauk Valley by making a gift to the 2022 CGH Health Foundation Annual Appeal campaign called “Memories Matter.” Already, over $106,000 has been raised toward the $475,000 goal for all 16 programs funded.
The new initiative is focused on raising awareness of the disease and offering resources and assistance to those impacted. Make a gift online at https://www.cghmc.com/forms/giving-back/, via Venmo @CGH-HealthFoundation or by sending a check to CGH Health Foundation, c/o Joan Hermes, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling IL 61081.
Leading the campaign are Mark and Margaret Zumdahl, Sterling, General Co-Chairs. Their leadership team includes Dr. Eric Kuhns, Medical Division, CGH family practice physician; Veronica Edwards, Business Division Chair, Hugh F. Miller Insurance Agency CEO; Bob Sondgeroth, Clubs Division Chair, retired Regional Supt. of Schools for Lee, Ogle, Whiteside; Mimi Hicks, CGH Daycare Director, and Sandy Williams, CGH retiree, CGH Employee Division Co-Chairs.
Support groups in Sterling, Polo and Mt. Morris have already been formed and several more are in the works in Dixon, Prophetstown and Milledgeville. A June 28 Community Forum on Dementia was attended by just over 100 people. Dementia education presentations have been provided at CGH and area nursing homes. A three-part dementia workshop for caregivers will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3 at Bethel Reformed Church, Sterling.
More than 6.5 million Americans are living with dementia and the number is projected to reach nearly 13 million by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases.
For more information go to www.cghmc.com/foundation or call Executive Director Joan Hermes at 815/625-0400, ext. 5672.