About the Founder
Our founder, Shelly Roy, is well qualified for her position and has proven herself as a compassionate individual who is dedicated to helping others. Shelly’s mother’s journey through dementia changed her life. When her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the effect on their entire family was devastating. The diagnosis triggered a range of emotions: anger, fear, frustration and sadness. There were so many decisions to make about treatment, living arrangements, finances and end-of-life care.
As Shelly’s family struggled with initial confusion and grief, Shelly began to volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association to help make sense of her feelings. Staying connected to her mother helped her understand and capture their family’s changing relationships along with creating moments of joy. Shelly became her mother’s spokesperson and was blessed to find the gifts along the winding road of Alzheimer’s disease.
As a volunteer for over 10 years now with the Alzheimer’s Association and Pallative Care, as well as a former family caregiver, Shelly helps individuals and families stay connected throughout the dementia journey.
Make A Difference Today
The Bev Roy Hope Foundation summarizes the movement as a collective effort to rewrite the story of dementia, replacing the old narrative of “fear, isolation, despair, futility and loss” with one of “hope, connection, growth, purpose and courage.” The new story encourages those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, especially those in the early stages of memory loss, to focus on their strengths, and on things they can do and enjoy, rather than on areas where they may be experiencing diminishing capabilities.
At The Bev Roy Hope Foundation, we are living out our family values. We recognize and affirm the intrinsic worth of all individuals and treat those we serve with compassion and kindness. We act with honesty, integrity and fairness in all aspects of our foundation. All members of the Memory Café community are valuable. We strive to be responsible stewards of all our resources.