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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.

Five Part Series: Episode Three: Why Toxins Build Up in the Brain and Can We Prevent It?

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013 – In the Third Part of this Five Part Series, Dr. Klein talks about toxins, how they build up on the brain, how our diet and environment play factors in toxin build-up and the possible link between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

“Watching the Lights Go Out” – from inside the mind of David Hilfiker, Alzheimer’s patient

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Friday, September, 20, 2013 – A blog posting about another Blog…yes, that’s what we are sharing because it is a very powerful blog written by David Hilfiker, a retired physician who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in September, 2012.  He blogs about his life and what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s.  He wants to “dispel some of the fear and embarrassment that surrounds Alzheimer’s”.

The below link is to his first blog posting in January, 2013.  If you are a patient with Alzheimer’s, know someone living with it, a Caregiver, or just someone interested, this is a MUST read!  We applaud him for being so open and honest.

Thank you David Hilfiker for writing about your life!


Five Part Series: Episode Two: Dementia – what destroys the memory and learning?

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

September 11, 2013 – What toxins are related to Dementia and Alzheimer’s?  What do they do to your memory and your learning ability?  In Episode Two of the series, Dr. Klein talks about the toxins that are formed when a person has Dementia or Alzheimer’s and how those toxins affect the memory.

Five Part Series: Episode One: Alzheimer’s – Where It All Began

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

9/5/13 – From Neuro.RAPT comes a Five Part Series on Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  In Episode One, Dr. William Klein, teaches us about the origins of Alzheimer’s and how it affects the brain- physically, emotionally, financially, etc.