GIANTS defender and newest Alzheimer’s Australia NSW Ambassador Sam Poolman knows all too well what it’s like having a loved one with dementia; losing her beloved grandfather, Gordon, to Alzheimer’s disease.
Sam had a particular bond with her grandfather, who was one of her greatest supporters on her journey to becoming an elite athlete.
“It is so hard to imagine what it must be like for someone forgetting who they are, and those they love,” she said.
“Seeing firsthand the effect that Alzhiemer’s disease had on both my Grandad and my family is something l wouldn’t wish upon anyone.”
Sam contacted Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and offered her assistance in raising awareness of the disease.
“The work Alzheimer’s Australia NSW does in supporting people impacted by dementia is so important. I am grateful to have the opportunity to use my profile to help encourage other families on this journey to seek and find support when caring for a loved one living with this disease.”
A local to the Hunter region, last month Sam participated in the region’s Memory Walk & Jog event in honour of her grandfather.
“My family have given me so much through the years, so helping to raise Alzheimer’s awareness is the least I can do,” Sam added.
The Hon. John Watkins AM, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia NSW said the organisation was delighted to welcome Sam on board as an Ambassador.
“We are so grateful that Sam is willing to share her own personal experiences with dementia to support the vital work of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.
We thank her for her commitment to making a difference to the lives of all people, of all ages, living with dementia, their families and carers,” he said.