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Supporting Dementia Care

Supporting Dementia Care

By The University of Iowa Foundation | 8/2015

A husband fulfills his wife’s wish to improve the lives of people with memory loss and dementia.

When Jo Hoyt Freeman, a retired English, Latin and French teacher, realized she had a memory issue, she knew that she wanted to help others by sharing her story.

“I have a story to tell. If you have memory loss, maybe you can listen to my story, and it will help you, which will make a difference!” wrote Jo, who lived with Alzheimer’s disease for nine years until her death in 2010.

Jo spent hours documenting her experiences, and after her death, her husband, Claude Freeman, compiled Jo’s notes to finalize Jo’s Story: Who is Caring?, and published the book in 2012.

Working on Jo’s behalf, Claude searched for someone who would make a difference in dementia care in Iowa. He found the Hartford Csomay Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence (HCCGNE) at the University of Iowa. As Claude became more familiar with the work of the HCCGNE, he realized he had found the organization that had the expertise and commitment to fulfill Jo’s dream of helping others with dementia. In 2015, Claude made a gift of $250,000 to establish the Jo Hoyt Freeman Dementia Education and Outreach Fund, and a pledge to cause an additional $250,000 to be made to further support that fund.

›› To continue reading this UI Foundation article, which includes an insightful video on how the funding is directly impacting UI’s College of Nursing, click here  

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Posted On: 
Sep 3rd, 2015