Retired Thomaston pharmacist Robert Bowles wants to spread the word not only about Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), a debilitating disease that is a combination of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease, but also about the dangers of certain medications, such as antidepressants, can have on people diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia.
Bowles, who has been diagnosed with LBD, is sponsoring a Lewy Body Dementia Awareness event this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Park Lane, which is the old East Thomaston school complex. He is planning on it being a fun family day that also educates people about LBD and medication sensitivities.
The McDonough Marine Corps League Color Guard will be present, as will 1986 World Series MVP Ray Knight of the New York Mets, who will be available to sign autographs and pictures. There will also be a silent auction for baseball memorabilia.
There will be raffles for a golf cart, and a 32-inch flat screen TV donated by State Farm Agent Trennis Dumas.
There will also be a raffle for a special quilt. Robert’s wife Judy and Gail Hand started making the quilt prior to Robert being diagnosed with LBD. Dana Brew and Wendy Woodruff helped them complete the quilt after his diagnosis. Ironically, the purple color in the quilt is the same color in the Lewy Body Dementia Association’s logo. To Robert, the reversed “L’s” are symbolic of his “scrambled brain” and let’s “reverse dementia.” Tickets for the quilt may be purchased at the following locations: Cherokee Pharmacy, Northside Drugs, Thomaston Prescription Shop, and Walgreens. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Dr. Charbel Moussa, the Head of the Laboratory for Dementia and Parkinsonism Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University School of Medicine, will be present to talk about LBD, as will pharmacists to discuss medication sensitivities.
Robert’s story will be told through the eyes of his daughter, Ashley Bowles Reed, and his wife, Judy, will talk about what it is like being a caregiver for someone diagnosed with LBD.
There will also be tables for experts in child abuse and awareness, First Baptist Church ministries, Westwood Christian Academy, Thomaston Hospice, Talbot Recovery Campus in Atlanta, Care South, Amedisys, Riverside Nursing Center, Providence Health Care, Golden Living, and Angels of Hope.
For children, there will be inflatable slides, music, a Halloween contest with prizes, cake walk, face painting, who hair, cotton candy and more.
All net proceeds from the event will go to the Lewy Body Dementia Association in Lilburn. A tax deductible contribution can be made at www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/robertbowles/lewybodydementiaawarenessevent.
“I want us to have a fun-filled day as we bring awareness about Lewy Body Dementia so that lives of patients and caregivers will be better,” Robert said.