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New/Updated 2018 Dementia Memory Care Recommendations

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

The Alzheimer’s Association has released updated Dementia Care Practices, “2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations“. These recommendations are a compilation of community and residential care settings and are based on continual research as well as dementia care experts’ best practices. They includes such items as managing medical care, how to create a dementia-friendly environment, and care planning.

Full Article: Alzheimers.Net

Atlanta Regional Commission Awards LMK Funds to Help Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The Atlanta Regional Commission has made a major April announcement by selecting the Laona M. Kitchen Foundation to receive additional funding from the ARC.

“After careful consideration and review, the Laona M. Kitchen Foundation has been selected for the award,” said the ARC’s Caregiver Program Specialist Mary Lou Vergara.

The LMK Foundation has been approved for funding to assist 280 families with $500 respite care vouchers for the 14 month period May 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Gary Kitchen, President of The LMK Foundation, shared his excitement of the new opportunities that the new ARC funding represents:

“We decided to start The Laona M. Kitchen Foundation to help families with respite care so that we can give caregivers a break. If someone is caregiving for a parent, aunt, uncle, husband, or wife, it is 24/7 and it is extremely difficult. We provide respite vouchers for these families so the caregiver can take a short-term break.”

With this additional funding, LMK can expand current respite opportunities, service new families, and provide true “Alzheimer’s Relief” to hundreds more families in the Atlanta area.

Though LMK will continue to assist all families in need of Alzheimer’s support, the new funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission will solely support families in the counties support by the Atlanta Regional Commission. “With these new funds,” explains Kitchen, “we are seeking to assist an additional 4-5 families a week for the next 14 months in the Atlanta area.”

If you know of a family in need, please go to to apply or contact Megan Hardy or Gary Kitchen at (770) 779-0821.


“I Remember Him” featured on 11Alive

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – Sydney Oden, 17, had a dream: to write a book about her first years with her grandfather who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when she was little.  She wrote I Remember Him as a project for her Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.  But she needed a way to get her book published.  She found the LMK Foundation, and we were able to work with her and a publisher to help her realize her dream.  Not only did she receive her Gold Award, but she was named “2013 Young Woman of Distinction Award” by the Greater Atlanta Girl Scouts Council!

We are very proud to be a part of her journey.

See her story as told by Donna Lowery from 11Alive.