Annual fundraiser becomes Virtual Wellness Challenge | Columnists

Over the past three years, Coping with Dementia LLC has organized a walk in Floral City that has raised $75,000 to support families and care partners living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. We are very proud of this record and deeply grateful to the many businesses and individuals in Citrus County that have supported this project.

We were looking forward with excitement to another successful event in October 2020 … then COVID-19 arrived! We all know what this did to everyone’s best-laid plans, and we have decided it will not be feasible to host a public event in the fall of this year.

We see these circumstances not as a reason to give up, but as an opportunity for creativity and innovation. So, Coping with Dementia has partnered with Mr. Bill Fitness to host the Citrus County Virtual Wellness Challenge, an online event that we believe is the perfect response to the challenging circumstances in which we all find ourselves. What better time than the shut-down and limited mobility of COVID-19 to practice simple ways to get fit and be well, and raise money for a worthy cause?

The Citrus County Virtual Wellness Challenge will run from Sept. 13 through Oct. 10, 2020. You can register online, make a donation and download instructions and a simple form that will record your personal wellness activities. Each week will we will tabulate your scores and at the end of the event award certificates and prizes. Along the way, we will have lots of fun on several Facebook pages with photos, videos, stories and tutorials for better wellness.

This is not a competition where your performance is judged against others. It is a simple and personal commitment to doing something each and every day in 10 categories of wellness. It doesn’t matter whether you are old, young, healthy, or not as healthy as you would like to be. We’ve created a plan in which anyone can participate, even if you live in an assisted-living or memory care community. You can sign up individually, or as part of a team. The Citrus County Virtual Wellness Challenge is for everyone!

So, join us for a lot of fun, for your own wellness, and to raise money for Dementia Education Inc., a nonprofit organization run by citizens of Citrus County, focused on the needs of families and care partners living in Citrus County.

Watch for more information in this newspaper, or go to dementia or to sign up to participate in the Citrus County Virtual Wellness Challenge. You can also follow several Facebook pages throughout the event that include: Dementia Education Inc., Coping with Dementia LLC, Citrus County Aware for Alzheimer’s, Citrus County Dementia Friendly America, or Mr. Bill Fitness.

Please join us for better wellness in Citrus County!

Debbie Selsavage is president of Coping with Dementia LLC.