Submitted by Donna Stillinger

Memory Matters of Glynn recently received a grant for $6,500 for capital improvements for its support and educational programs from the Terry Thomas Foundation.

Memory Matters has been the community’s primary source of information about memory problems for more than 20 years. The organization was founded as Alzheimer’s of Glynn/Brunswick in 1994. In 2016, the group expanded its mission to include all forms of adult onset memory impairment and renamed the organization Memory Matters. The organization offers support groups for caregivers, memory screenings, individual consultations, a speakers’ bureau, printed materials and workshops, along with social gatherings and activities for people with memory problems, their family members, friends and caregivers. A local independent 501©(3) nonprofit organization, Memory Matters is not formally affiliated with the national Alzheimer’s Association or its Coastal Georgia regional office in Savannah. Memory Matters does partner with the Savannah office of the national organization for the local Alzheimer’s Walk and referrals.

we do partner with them for the local Alzheimer’s Walk and for referrals.

The Terry Thomas Foundation was founded in 2004, prior to Thomas’ death and continues her good work. In 2016, the group gave away more than a half million dollars, and by 2019, they will have given nearly $3 million to community organizations. The funds benefit Glynn County groups close to Thomas’ heart, including the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, Amity House, Safe Harbor, Memory Matters and many others.

Pictured are Eric Friedrich III, vice president and treasurer, Memory Matters Board of Directors, from left; Penny Osborne, director of administration, Memory Matters and Susan Goodhue, executive director, Terry Thomas Foundation.