New bed to end Alzheimer’s

LIHUE — Patricia Gonsalves of the county’s Agency on Elderly Affairs said there might be a fewer items for the garage sale, but the quality of merchandise is better.

Tuesday, Gonsalves and other staff members from the Agency on Elderly Affairs put together one of two new beds which were contributed for the garage sale, which raises funds for the Memory Keepers team at the Alzheimer’s Walk.

“This is a brand-new wooden bed,” Gonsalves said. “It’s never been used. A lady had this king-sized bed custom-made, paid for it, and then, refused delivery. She turned it over to Lorna Santos of the Lawai Cannery Self Storage who, in turn, turned it over to us along with an iron Wesley Allen bed that is also brand new and still in its original carton (no mattress). We have some quality contributions.”

Gonsalves said the wooden bed is valued at nearly $10,000 and scheduled to be part of the garage sale scheduled for Aug. 20 at the Lihue Neighborhood Center from 8 a.m. to noon.

“But we don’t want to have to move it from the storage area to the center,” Gonsalves said. “We’ll take offers on it starting from $1,500, starting now. We don’t want to move it. This is quite a deal, and perfect for anyone who has a new home, or looking for a new bed.”

The garage sale benefiting the Memory Keepers will feature a selection of rummage items, baked goods, and other contributions which come in ahead of the sale.

Gonsalves said the Memory Keepers have a goal of raising $10,000 by the start of the Alzheimer’s Walk, and have already embarked on other fundraising efforts. A current display solicits donations of an opportunity to earn Walmart and Macy’s gift cards.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for Aug. 27 with registration starting at 7 a.m. and the opening ceremonies and walk on Ke Ala Hele Makala‘e starting at 8 a.m.

The Walk is held annually in more than 600 communities across the nation, and is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

Hawaii Alzheimer’s figures compiled by the Alzheimer’s Association indicate that there were 25,000 people in Hawaii living with Alzheimer’s in 2014. This is forecast to increase to 29,000 people by 2020, and 35,000 by 2025.

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