Photo by Laurel Diaz, Chapter 1373

Earlene Burney

Laughter and tears were plentiful during Earlene Burney's poignant and educational program presented on Alzheimer's Disease. A fine and knowledgeable speaker, retired educator Earlene Burney of Clarksville,TN, was the featured speaker at the NARFE 2007 Kentucky Federation of Chapters Convention held at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Louisville in Kentucky on Thursday May 17, 2007 Banquet.

She also spoke at the District I Spring Sprint which was held at Miss Scarlet's  Restaurant (Exit 31 on I-24) near the Land Between the Lakes in far Western Kentucky.

Burney, of Clarksville, TN, became a caregiver when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. She used her background in education to research and teach herself about the best ways to confront the disease. She and her family struggled for twelve years through trial and error, using first the routine approaches, and later more innovative ideas geared specifically to her mother's personality, to maintain the highest quality of life for her mother.

“Along the way, I realized how dreadful the disease is and wanted to do so much more to help persons who are dealing with disease, whether it was the patient or family,” said Ms. Burney.

She became an advocate for the elderly, especially those with Alzheimer's Disease. She has spoken before various legislative committees at the Tennessee General Assembly. At the request of The Department of Justice and Democracy in Washington, D.C., she has spoken before congressional and senate committees about her experiences with the disease on numerous occasions. Ms. Burney has been a speaker for the Vanderbilt-Meharry Geriatric Education Foundation. She now spends her time traveling across Tennessee and surrounding states speaking at conferences and for support groups and schools teaching about a daughter's perspective on this disease.

On Angel's Wing
by Karen Taylor Good

This is the woman who had all the answers
The one I would lean on for comfort, for strength
She's never forgotten one grandchild's birthday
Now she can't remember my name
And it makes me so angry
I shake my fist and cry out to the Heavenly One.
Why would you play such a cold-hearted trick?
I thought your job was to love
And the answer came down from above
She's gonna fly When her time here is through,
First she'll have to let go
Of some things she can't use
Cause people and places, memories and faces
Are just way too heavy it seems
To carry on Angel's wings
This is the woman who saw things so clearly
The one who could pick out one crumb on the floor
She saw through a white lie
Saw me through love's eyes
She hardly can see anymore
And it makes me so sad
And it just isn't fair
Why should so much be taken away
But when I cry out for all that she's lost
I silently hear someone say
She's gonna fly When her time here is through
First she'll have to let go
Of some things she can't use
Cause people and places, memories and faces
Are just way too heavy it seems
To carry on angel's wings
And, oh the wonders she'll see
And I know she'll remember
To watch over me.
She's gonna fly When her time here is through
First she'll have to let go
Of some things she can't use
Cause people and places, memories and faces
Are just way too heavy it seems
To carry on angel's wings
To carry on angel's wings
 

http://www.karentaylorgood.com/about_karen.htm