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Memory Matters Utah

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Causes: Alzheimers Disease, Health

Mission: Our mission is to reduce isolation and improve wellness for individuals with dementia and their caregivers through activities, support, education and consultation.

Target demographics: Caregivers and seniors with memory loss illnesses

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2400 individuals

Geographic areas served: Southern Utah and Mesquite, NV

Programs: We reduce isolation and improve wellness for individuals with dementia and their caregivers through activities, support, education and consultation.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Donor

Rating: 5

When I would see the photos and hear the stories of clients of Memory Matters, it would bring a tear to my eye to see these wonderful people smile after they completed a painting while attending an activity class. LuAnn would display their paintings in a gallery-like setting and it made the patient feel so proud of their work. The care they give to the caregivers is so needed and appreciated and mostly the understanding and first-hand knowledge LuAnn and MM staff have is so reassuring to these families. I have referred several friends to MM after their loved one was diagnosed and the help they received was so needed and appreciated. Its a great organization and I wish them well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Memory Matters has evolved in name, programs and services. LuAnn has worked with our family for many years. Its heartwarming to know that the care and compassion continue after so many years. This has been a grass root project that has supported families and caregivers and those with a dimentia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Education for our family was key. LuAnn and the MM volunteers have spent countless hours listening to our family’s continued needs. My father in laws Alzheimer’s disease was long and difficult, each stage brought different challenges for our family. We were taught how to communicate in a way that was loving and respectful to our dad. The respite program gave us all the much needed time to run errands, get rest and just get away and take care of our own needs. Dad loved the program and came home fresh and happy. That program is priceless!! We referred many friends to memory Matters when there was a diagnosis in their family. The early stage program was incredible for both the care giver and the person with a Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Without the help of Memory Matters we would have never found other community programs to support our needs. Memory Matters was in fact a life savor for our family. Please support this non profit because one day you too will know someone who needs this kind of support. MM support the caregiver directly! The programs and services are excellent! Keep up the good work!! WE NEED YOU!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Compassionate, professional and knowledgeable are just some of the superlatives that quickly come to mind. Memory Matters is an amazing resource for seniors in southern Utah and Nevada!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

"My wife and I have been dealing with Alzheimer's disease for a few years now. LuAnn Lundquist and her Memory Matters Utah/Nevada organization has been of tremendous help in my dealing with a loved one having the disease! The Memory Matters organization and its associated Support Group is one-of-a-kind when it comes to helping southern Utah families cope with Alzheimer's. Memory Matters and its Support Group has grown since we first started as more and more people locally as well as outside of the city discover its existence and its benefits. Through weekly meetings and socialization activities, the Support Group provides a sanctuary of sorts for all of us in the way we each talk to, socialize with and otherwise advise one another! They are instrumental in helping people deal with the disease as well as being a contact source for other groups, specialists and dementia-care related organizations, medical as well as institutional! Memory Matters also provides unique yearly training activities for caregivers and their charges, giving extra and needed knowledge to us as we fight the disease.
Being a non-profit organization, Memory Matters needs and relies on charitable monetary donations. Its a matter of survival for this very great southern Utah institution!
Please help us with our struggle in living and dealing with Alzheimer's by generously donating your monetary support to Memory Matters Utah/Nevada!"

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with this amazing group! They are a family focused support system. They are set up to support not only those with dementia but their spouses and families. They have a great reputation in our community and within the health care industry. I refer clients to them on a weekly basis and have never been disappointed by the feedback I get or the care they provide. I can't say enough good about this group!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Lou Ann Lundquist in the fall of 2015 when my husband and I attended the Early Stage Memory Loss Education Classes conducted by Memory Matters. My husband had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and I saw a notice in the local newspaper for the classes. I knew next to nothing about the subject. Those classes gave me the information I would need to be an effective caregiver for my husband; a caregivers support group to attend for continuing education, compassion and friendships and a way forward with our lives. In early 2017 when I learned that I would need to have a hip replacement, I sought counsel from Lou Ann to plan and be prepared for the changes in our lives. Thanks to that wise counsel, we are both doing as well as we can, given the circumstances.

The role that Memory Matters plays in the lives of both patients and caregivers in the battle that is Alzheimer's cannot be overstated.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I attended the 10 Early Stage Memory Loss classes offered by Memory Matters. My husband had recently been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's Disease. The classes were a life saver!
I was struggling to make sense of what was happening to my husband, and more so, to me. There were so many confusing issues coming at us on a weekly basis. And now, I was having to deal with them alone.
The classes, with all their informative topics, week after week, showed me how to start understanding, organizing, and accepting what was to come.
And the hours after the lectures, when we separated from our spouses and went into our support group, oh my, that was like a wave of sharing kindness flowing over me! I was able to learn so much from others who were either in the same situation, or had already made that journey to the other side, after their loved one's death.
Today, I continue attending the weekly support group offered by Memory Matters.
Through all that I have learned these past few months, I feel stronger, and confident that my husband and I know how to manage our lives, so much better, going forward. And that I am now able to be a better caregiver to my husband.
Thank you, Memory Matters, for offering your hand to so many of us who were so confused and struggling. You made a difference.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization has been essential in helping us to deal with Alzheimer's. They provide classes which teach what the disease is, what you can do to delay its progression and what to expect. Most important of all, it provides support for the caregivers. It hosts weekly meetings where we each discuss the problems and situations we are dealing with. The interaction with other people who are going through the same things you are and can understand and offer suggestions makes you realize you are not alone. LuAnne, Janet and the others who work or volunteer for the Memory Matters, really care about you and it shows.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Memory Matters has been a wonderful source of encouragement and education for my husband with dementia and for myself, the caregiver. The memory activities class has been very helpful. My husband enjoys the fun activities and has made lots of new friends. I don't know how we could survive without Memory Matters!

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been to several Memory Matters classes, presentations and support groups. The passion that Luann and Janet have for not only Alzheimer's and dementia patients, but also their caregivers, is undeniable! I have loved working with them and seeing them improve the lives of the people they serve!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were initially interviewed/counseled by LuAnn Lundquist at Memory Matters. She was a breath of fresh air, well organized, purposeful, and helpful with practical suggestions. We then joined the weekly Dementia Support Group led by Janet Labrum. We quickly felt welcomed, supported, appreciated, respected, and advised. The group is a blessing, and Janet is doing a fine job helping us to keep to the point, yet allowing those who need time to share do so.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended many the Early Alzheimer's courses that Memory Matters has put on. These women and men are incredible and caring. I see them as a "boots on the ground" organization to provide resources and care for people with dementia and their families. I have worked with LuAnn and Janet in Washington county, UT for quite a while and love them, and most importantly respect them for their professionalism and care.

4 Kanarrakid

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Alzheimer's & Dementia Society has been a wonderful help to our community since another large nonprofit serving seniors with dementia closed here in Southern Utah. They provide programs that have helped our family in our caregiving efforts. We especially enjoy the Activity Classes because my adult son with dementia has a social network again and I have time to run my errands and take care of my ill husband.