Deerfield family honors loved ones by walking for Alzheimer's cause
By JOHN QUINN
Union Leader Correspondent | September 23. 2013 8:58PM
Along with fellow members of the team “Angels Take Action,” Julie Rumfelt, her daughter and granddaughter are participating in the Central New Hampshire Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. in Arms Park, Manchester.
For the past five years, Rumfelt, 43, said she’s been walking to help others cope with Alzheimer’s after she watched three members of her family, two sisters and a mother, suffer from the disease or from a similar illness.
“It helps families that are going through it,” Rumfelt said, adding her sister Carol Fonteneau, then 59, died after losing the ability to talk, walk, eat and remember due to Alzhemier’s two years ago.
“I want to do that,” Leandra said, adding she has two more years of school before starting as a nurse.
“It’s frightening to think that my mother or I could get Alzheimer’s,” Leandra said. “You can’t let that stop you from living life.”
Rumsfeld said these diseases are hard on everyone.“You’re used to that person and they become someone different,” Rumsfeld said, adding Alzheimer’s leaves people confused, frustrated and scared.
Rumsfeld said the information, which includes suggestions about living wills, advocate options, family care, home care and other topics, is becoming more available in doctor’s offices and medical centers. She added it’s essential for families to be prepared.
“So far, we’ve had a great response to this information,” Rumsfeld said, adding people can learn more by calling the Visiting Angels office at 483-8999. For more information, visit http://act.alz.org.