We Have Much To Be Thankful For

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. It’s good timing, during the beginning of the holiday season, because it helps us all be aware of our aging loved ones and how much we should cherish every minute with them. Alzheimer’s is such an insidious disease because it robs people of their memories, control over their body and sometimes even changes their personalities. I talked to the Alzheimer’s Association of Middle Tennessee’s Tiffany Mann, a terrific young woman on a mission to help educate and support people who’s lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s. She helps to disspell some myths and give us all some much-needed facts about living with the disease. If you or someone you love is facing the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, you’re going to want to take advantage of all the Alzheimer’s Association has to offer. Listen to what Tiffany has to say, and if you need more help, check out their website. Tiffany Mann

There are so many amazing organizations doing good work and this year Middle Tennesseans have been challenged. Western Union is holding "contest" of sorts to encourage giving. Simply long onto their website to learn about some terrific charities and then vote for your favorite. It's that easy! I talked to Frank Sanchez with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, to learn about their programs and ways they've been helping kids in Nashville. Listen to Frank, then check out the Western Union website! Frank Sanchez

And, on a personal note, my family will be gathering together in Connecticut to enjoy the holiday weekend. It will be great to have all my kids under one roof for awhile and to catch up with my brother’s family. It’s a little nerve wracking to anticipate the TSA’s new security measures, but we’ll try to stay zen about it and just relax! If you are traveling for the holiday stay safe, and if you’re staying put at home, enjoy the warmth of your own nest. I am thankful for my health and that of my loved ones, for having a job, a nice place to live and many loving and supportive people in my life. I am also grateful to my extended Nashville community for making our family feel at home here. It’s definitely growing on me! Happy Turkey Day everyone!

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