Congrats to Tim Lyons for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!
Nominating Organization: Alzheimer’s Family Services Center
Honoree Category: Health
Why Nominated: Tim joined our volunteer team in April 2014 and has already contributed over 200 hours of service. His commitment to older adults with debilitating illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease began many years ago during his time volunteering at the Eisenhower Medical Center. He found the work to be so rewarding that when he moved back to the area he yearned for a similar experience. Tim understands the importance of the care he’s providing, which can be seen through his compassion, patience and understanding of individuals with memory loss. Tim engages our participants in stimulating conversation, competitive table games and therapeutic walks in the courtyard.
“There are the little things here that to me are so rewarding. I do puzzles with one of the participants pretty regularly. There are times where I’ll sit down and ask how she’s doing. And there will be a moment where she’ll just look at me and there are no words said, but she’ll just have this smile on her face and she’ll make eye contact with me. And that’s the kind of stuff that’s rewarding but you can’t really measure. I know that even though I may never meet the families of the participants here, I know they appreciate what I do.”
Staff have come to rely on Tim’s inherent ability to adapt the changing needs and unpredictable behaviors of this population. Whether it’s assisting with a particularly anxious individual, redirecting someone in a moment of confusion or helping to ensure a seamless transition from one program activity to another, Tim excels in all aspects of his volunteer role at Alzheimer’s Family Services Center.
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