Memory Matters: Look for new venue, programs next year

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"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean

I had lunch recently with my good friend and editor of the Bluffton Sun, Lynne Hummell. What fun it was to catch up face to face and not via email or text, but a real sit-down meal.

I miss having time to really connect with family and friends. The older I get, the more important this is to me. I shared some news with Lynne that I want to share with our readers. Lynne was kind enough to let me get personal with this article to share this news.

Last January, I was on the fence about retirement. In my heart, I was not ready to totally retire, but I did want some time to "stop and smell the roses."

I have been working with Memory Matters for 16 wonderful years. These years have been emotionally fulfilling, challenging and some of the best years of my life. Memory Matters has offered me the opportunity to help thousands of families dealing with the devastating effects of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia by offering support and resources.

In addition, I have been a part of developing cutting-edge brain health programs, including Brain Boosters and Connections; facilitating support groups; and supporting families in making difficult decisions. My heart is full each day I come home.

When the opportunity presented itself to expand our programs in Bluffton, I knew my prayers about retirement had been answered. Being able to oversee programs in my community is a dream come true.

There are thousands of people in the Greater Bluffton area who need our services but are not willing or maybe not able to cross the bridge to the mainland. And the truth is, traffic is getting worse, accidents happen on a daily basis, and trying to get anywhere on time from Bluffton to Hilton Head can be challenging.

I know, because I do it five days a week.

Now for the news: Memory Matters has partnered with St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church to offer several programs at its St. Andrews Parish Hall on Pinckney Colony Road. Our schedule for 2019 will include brain health classes and caregiver support groups. In addition, we will have free health lectures six times a year and free base line memory screenings.

Mark your calendar for Jan. 8 and drop in for our Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be staff on hand to inform you about what to expect in the New Year. Chef Kim Baretta will prepare special refreshments based on the Mediterranean Diet.

My Dad always told me that if you are doing something you are passionate about, keep doing it for as long as you can. He is right on the money.

I hope to help many of my Bluffton friends at St. Andrews Parish Hall in 2019. For more information about our Bluffton programs call Memory Matters at 843-842-6688 or visit our website at mymemorymatters.org.

See you in Bluffton!

Karen Doughtie is assistant director of Memory Matters, serving Bluffton and Hilton Head. karen@memory-matters .org; mymemorymatters.org

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