Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Contest Provides Way to Preserve Memories

Omaha, NE-based Home Instead Senior Care has launched a contest to help families keep cherished memories alive. The "I Will Remember for You Family Reunion Giveaway" encourages caregivers to submit a story in either written or video format about an experience with a family member who lived or is living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. Learn more about entries.

Grand prize is a family reunion that includes activities to help family members create and capture special memories together such as a scrapbooking and shadow box station, a memory booth to capture videos, photos or written thoughts, and assistance from a professional family historian to create a family memory anthology. Depending on the winner's location, in-home care during reunion activities may be included in the package.

Here are some ground rules, based on a news release issued by the company.

Essays and videos need to:

1. Share how Alzheimer's has impacted a family's life.
2. Talk about the role that memories and remembering have played in the family, especially with regard to the member who now has or had Alzheimer's.
3. Share specific stories or examples of how family members cope or coped with challenges of Alzheimer's disease.
4. Tell why this family deserves to win the family reunion.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST January 31, 2012. The top three finalists will be notified by a judge's panel by Feb. 15, 2012. The judging panel to select the three finalists will include Carole Anderson, Vice President of Education at the American Society on Aging. Online voting to select the grand prize winner will occur from March 28 through June 30, 2012.

The grand prize winner will be publicly revealed in November 2012, following the family reunion event.

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