Congratulations to Carla Turney, Director of the Orange County Office of Assured In-Home Care! She’s received the 2015 Alzheimer’s Association Visionary Women’s Award for working tirelessly to help Alzheimer’s patients and their families through their struggles with the disease. Turney was honored for her extraordinary compassion, caring and strength. And if you have come into contact with her, you know this award is well deserved!
On Friday, May 15, 2015, over 250 friends, family members and Alzheimer’s Association supporters gathered at the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado Canyon for a luncheon and program celebrating the five honorees.
In her acceptance speech, Turney said:
“Like many of you, I am privileged to serve those with memory loss. It is a blessing to work alongside the Alzheimer’s Association and share in the mission of placing a high value on each person living life with dignity, no matter the circumstances.
I thank all patients and their families I serve for opening their homes, sharing their personal experiences and history, and allowing me to participate in their ongoing life story.”
Florence Henderson, best known for playing the mother on the ’70’s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” was the guest speaker and shared her personal caregiving journey, offering advice to others facing a similar challenge. Henderson, 81, cared for her husband, who became terminally ill with lung cancer. She expressed a sense of honor being in a room filled with women who are in service to others, “Everybody who’s ill, whether they’re aware of it or not, needs someone to be their advocate.”