A COLLECTIONtaken at the recent funeral ceremony of a dementia patient is to go towards financing training for care-givers of the newly-formed St. Lucia Alzheimer’s & Dementia Association (SLADA).
The collection was taken up during the funeral service of the late Leotha St Jour held at Our Lady of Fatima Church in La Clery.
President of the Association, Nurse Regina Posvar had cared for Ms. St. Jour in the later stages of her illness. This direct closeness with Ms. St Jour’s family and the encouragement they gave, brought about the establishment of the SLADA.
Said Nurse Posvar: “Ms. St. Jour’s passing on October 14 has left many of those who knew this beautiful and loving spirit with an empty heart, but with many fond memories”.
She added: “Ms. St. Jour’s spirit lives on through SLADA. Her very presence is the reason and the determination to bring about the awareness of this disease and how it directly affects those families involved here in St. Lucia. SLADA is very thankful for the kind contribution from all those family members and friends who gave at Ms. St. Jour’s funeral. We also gratefully thank Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Castries who organized the collection of those who attended”.
According to Nurse Posvar, the SLADA will use the donation to train volunteers for the Caregiving Respite programme that St. Lucia desperately needs.
Anyone interested in support, or training please contact SLADA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 486-4509.