Donor Touched by Alzheimer's Gives Back

A Story from Donor Development

Dee Ann Keip remembers her beautiful mother as an active, vibrant, loving and engaging woman. Dolores H. Keip developed Alzheimer’s several years before she went to the Lord.

Dee Ann said, “I look at this photo taken (photo above) on Mother’s Day several years ago of my mother and my two sisters, Chris and Connie, and my heart floods with love for her. She gave everything to our family, and if I can in turn, give something back to others, we have come full circle. Our mother had wonderful, loving care at The Villa and St. Mary’s."

However, the disease changed ‘mum’ and I felt helpless as I saw the progression of it. If only I could understand what my mother was going through, maybe I could ease the burden somehow? When Renee explained a few years ago that there was an opportunity to educate Felician Village staff on dementia through ‘virtual dementia,’ I knew immediately that was where I had to invest,” Dee Ann said.

Since 2017, more than 400 people have received dementia training, thanks to the generosity of Dee Ann. 

Pictured in photo above: (left to right): Connie Keip, Dolores Keip (Mom), Dee Ann Keip & Chris Keip.

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