DMS Podcast with Abigail Grabein from AutumnGrove Cottage

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On our latest DMS Podcast we spoke to Abigail Grabein who is the marketing coordinator of AutumnGrove Cottage and she is also in charge of promoting and tracking the amount of votes for the student’s essays posted on all social media channels. We did a small interview with Abigail on the AutumnGrove Cottage Scholarship contest on our DMS Podcast which you can listen below to help spread the word and get more voters to participate in this important Alzheimer’s awareness initiative.

AutumnGrove Cottage an assisted living home that has two facilities in Texas, one in Houston and the other in San Antonio. They specialize in care for senior adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses. They keep a low guest count of 16 patients in their cottages for a more personalized experience. The cottage is cozy enough for them to feel comfortable in a home away from home and for their families to come visit at any time. As Abigail puts it “each of our cottages is a family in its own”, they support each other and make sure it is a wonderful place to be. Their residents receive quality and love in care. Per Abigail, “our purpose is to honor our residents and those who love and care for them”.

As first hand witnesses of Alzheimer’s or other related dementias, they decided to create a scholarship contest to support the fight against this disease by helping a med student and hopefully a “future Alzheimer’s fighter” and secondly to help promote AutumnGrove on social media. Two lucky students will receive a grant of $1000 going towards their college tuition. All participants must:

  • Have proof they are enrolled at an university or college in United States.
  • Be 18 or older.
  • Be an American citizen or carry a valid student visa.
  • Grant permission to AutumnGrove Cottage to utilize their essay on their website and social media account to help promote them for votes.
  • Be required to submit a photo of themselves in the case of winning the grant for promotional purposes.
  • Write a 500 to 1000 word essay using one of the three topics provided by AutumnGrove Cottage representatives:
  • How has Alzheimer’s or dementia impacted you or your family and how have you been able to cope with it?
  • Write about your passion for helping those with Alzheimer’s or dementia and why it means so much to you.
  •  If you had an unlimited amount of money how would you help those with Alzheimer’s? Would it be through medical research? Support programs for families? Caring for those with the disease? Or something else?

The essay submission deadline was on June 10th and now 12 students are doing their best to get enough votes to help them win this scholarship prize before July 31st, the winners will be announced on August 1st . To win they need to promote as much as they can their essays on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and use the hashtag #uniqueALZcare to help keep track of who and how many votes they have. All re-shares, retweets will be counted as votes as long as they have the hashtag. The two winners will be the students with the most votes.

So far they have had a great response on social media, as Abigail said “it has exploited on social media”. This is their first scholarship contest and depending on the response they have the purpose of doing this every year and hopefully even increase the amount.

This interview was an audio recording of a video conference and we noticed Abigail  was wearing a purple t-shirt to support the #ENDALZ campaign going on in these social media channels to help spread the word on the need to fight this disease. Good for her! And a good opportunity to invite everyone to wear purple, take a picture and post it with the hashtag #ENDALZ and keep spreading the word out!

You can find all information about this scholarship and where to vote at the AutumnGrove’s website:

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