KNWA Today: Movers & Shakers – Betsy Arnold, Broyles Foundation

KNWA Today

They are accomplished individuals, making an impact here at home and around the country.

It’s the story of Betsy Arnold from the Broyles Foundation, who’s continuing a family legacy in  helping people who are overseeing their loved ones, dealing with Alzeihmers.

We all have moments in our lives, that puts things into perspective. “Caring for my mother changed my life forever.” says Arnold. “She was an angel on this earth and she did so many wonderful things in the community. So, initially our passion was to do it for her.”

That passion, what was once compassion, is now what drives Betsy arnold to help others.

Betsy Arnold/Broyles Foundation: “After my mom passed away, my dad and my sister and I started mentoring families. And during that time, my dad turned around that day and said, ‘We have to do something to help these caregivers.”

Arnold went home and wrote everything they experienced while caring for her mother, Barbara. Those ideas were created in the book, “Coach Broyles Playbook’s for Alzeimher Caregivers.” Arnold says, “We knew there was a need because of our experience, but we had no idea the need and the desparation that caregivers have for information.”

For 13 years, millions of the caregiver’s playbook have been distributed domestically, in 13 different languages. The book has taken Arnold to speaking tours and training sessions all over the U.S. on how to care for individuals with Alzeihmers. “When we would travel around and speak around the country and people would walk up and say, ‘It was my Bible. I carried it with me everywhere I went.” says Arnold.

And this new reality, was a new calling. Arnold says, “Because it’s totally out of my confort zone. Standing up in front of people and speaking for an hour or two hours or three hours training people how to care, is just something that I never imagined in a million years.”

After losing both parents to alzeihmers, Arnold presses on with the mission and continues the tradition of helping others. Arnold says,”When I get tired and just think, ‘Oh my Gosh…this is just hard… then I look at them and say, ‘This is why I do it. I do it to keep this legacy alive. It’s my dad’s second legacy and to be able to do this and carry on, means the world to me.”

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