Leona Nickel first became involved with the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba when her mother started showing signs of dementia. She felt she needed a place to talk about how she was handling this change, and a Support Group was the perfect outlet.
For the past 20 years, Leona has volunteered as a Support Group Facilitator for the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
“I love hearing people’s stories and asking questions. I’ve been in their shoes, so I have some knowledge I can share,” says Leona.
With the help of the Alzheimer Society, Leona provides education through videos and other materials. She finds the people who attend the Support Group are eager to talk, listen and share their experiences of dementia. Leona is humble in the help she provides.
“I turn on the lights and set up the chairs. By talking and listening, the people in the group help each other,” she says.
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