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September 22, 2011

Hickory Creek donates Alzheimer's books to library

Greensburg — Wednesday was National Alzheimer's Awareness Day throughout the country.

In commemoration, two representatives from Hickory Creek of Greensburg donated three Alzheimer's-related books to the Greensburg Public Library Wednesday morning.

Attending the presentation were Cheryl Harford, activity director for Hickory Creek of Greensburg, Melissa Ooley, social services director for Hickory Creek of Greensburg, Maxine Donley, facilitator for Alzheimer's support in Decatur County, and Andrea Ingmire, Greensburg Public Library director.

Funds to purchase the books were obtained through a unique contest held recently at Hickory Creek.

Staff members of the adult assisted living center submitted photographs of their babies in a "beautiful baby contest" voted on by Hickory Creek residents. Each resident paid a penny to vote for his or her favorite child. In all, $69.59 was raised in order to purchase the books donated to the library Wednesday.

The books given to the library were The Long Good-bye by Raymond Chandler, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, and The 36-Hour Day by Peter V. Rabins. Each deals with the eventually fatal degenerative brain disease in its own way.

The Long Good-bye is an Edgar Award winning novel first published in 1953. The book has been described as a social criticism disguised as a detective novel.

Still Alice, according to its page on Amazon.com, is "a realistic portrayal of early onset Alzheimer's."

The 36-Hour Day's subtitle sums its contents up directly on the book jacket: "A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses and Memory Loss in Later Life."

Andrea Ingmire expressed gratitude for the donation.

"Donations are a really important part of our collection. Any donation is welcome and can help grow our collection," she said Wednesday.

Cheryl Harford hopes the books can help raise Alzheimer's awareness, and noted that Hickory Creek of Greensburg is doing its part to do so as well.

"If anyone would like information (about Alzheimer's or in general), call Hickory Creek of Greensburg at (812) 663-7503 and get connected with myself, Melissa (Ooley) or Maxine (Donley)."

Melissa Ooley added that any questions are welcome and stated the staff of Hickory Creek would be happy to help any callers.

Further help with Alzheimer's and related illnesses can be found at the Greensburg Public Library on the second Monday of each month. Maxine Donley hosts a support group that aims to help those who have lost loved ones to the disease or are currently dealing with Alzheimer's in their lives in some fashion.

Donley described the group therapy sessions by saying, "We cry, we gossip and we cry some more."

The group hopes to help ease the pain and sense of loss often associated with losing a friend or family member to the disease.

Library visitors hoping to learn more about Alzheimer's and related disorders can use the library's OPAC computer card catalog system to locate related reading materials. Ingmire also noted this information can be accessed from any personal computer via the library's website at www.greensburglibrary.org.

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