The video, created by Selah Burnett, granddaughter of former resident Glenda Bland, received recognition as the runner-up.
Each year, AFA Teens conduct a video competition that allows teens to share their powerful stories of how this disease impacts everyone in the family. Founded by a teenager, AFA Teens mobilizes teenagers nationwide to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and to engage, educate and support teens and their families.
Selah explains on the AFA Teens website that she introduced the video to share the story of a beautiful woman who didn’t let Alzheimer’s define her. “My grandma was my shining star; she taught me to always love others and to share smiles with strangers. I wanted to give you a glimpse of my life and how it changed when we found out that Grandma had Alzheimer’s. We embraced her and loved her through it,” she said.
Although Glenda lost her struggle with Alzehimer’s January 2011, Selah continues to volunteer at the Clyde W. Cosper Veterans Home. “Even though my grandma has passed away, her memory still lives on. She inspired me to press on and help the hurting people of this world. I know she would want me to continue my work with the Clyde Cosper State Veterans Home. Grab the hand of your loved one and be their support through the trials of Alzheimer’s,” she said.
To visit or learn more about this home, or any of the other seven Texas State Veterans Homes, call 1-800-252-VETS(8387) or go to www.texasveterans.com.