Stories

Paul Martin worries about long-term care costs

Paul Martin: Looming costs of long-term care

By Paul Martin I am sole caregiver for my spouse, Linda, who began exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease around 2008 and is now in what I would describe as late stage 5—requiring more help choosing her daily outfits, and having trouble…


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Adira awards $360,000 to projects tackling ND pervasive needs

Adira grantees set to advance issues named by COVID-19 response grantees: Caregiver mental health, care coordination, resource sharing among disease communities RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Adira Foundation awarded $360,000 to five projects across the…


Adira Foundation elects Dr. Cynthia Gómez as board chair

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — Adira Foundation’s board of directors elected behavioral health scientist and health equity pioneer Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez as its chair for 2021. She succeeds James Rock, who served as chair since the board’s inception in…


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Jeff and Arby: In praise of a service dog

New Horizons Service Dogs partners trained dogs with people in Florida experiencing health challenges, mostly wheelchair and mobility assistance. The nonprofit received a Fast-Track Response: COVID-19 grant from Adira to provide emergency…


Pat Angel

Pat Angel: Balancing life as a Parkinson's caregiver

“You cannot expect to be a hero … you have to recognize you are human.” — Patricia “Pat” Angel Patricia Angel has had many roles—teacher, wife, mother to a daughter and son-in-law, grandmother to a grandchild, and caregiver. Out of all of…


Mapping pressure points of caregiving with NAC

At Adira, one of the best things about 2020 was the many new people and organizations we met. This collaboration helps us connect with more people impacted by ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, MS and Parkinson’s, and makes our…


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Stories of impact: Fast-track COVID-19 grants

We’ve rounded up some stories highlighting the important work of grantees from our first round of Pervasive Needs grants: Adira’s Fast-Track Response to COVID-19. As 2020 wraps up, we are highlighting the people and organizations…


Power in shared experience: Cheryl Sullivan Staveley

When I was asked to be on Adira’s board of directors at its inception in 2019, the idea of starting out fresh with a brand-new nonprofit foundation was enticing and challenging at the same time. The name Adira means “strong, noble and…


collage of pictures from Joe Sparkman's life with family

Meet Joe Sparkman: A StoryCorps conversation

Joe Sparkman is part of our series of conversations produced in partnership with StoryCorps to help change the narrative around neurodegenerative disease.  Julián Esteban Torres interviewed his friend Melvin "Joe" Sparkman about living with…


Sandy’s story: One of courage, determination and hope

Sandy Rock, 1949-2020 Sandy Rock left this earth as she lived it, with gratitude and with a legacy of comforting others and giving hope for a brighter day. Like many people who live with complex health conditions, Sandy faced each day with a…