Alzheimer’s Support Group

Alzheimer’s Support Group

The Alzheimer’s support group is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association and meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at St. Francis Home. The group’s purpose is to provide educational and social opportunities and an avenue for group sharing for persons who are coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.

Many who attend the meetings find them to be helpful.  They hear how others have coped or are coping with similar situations.  By sharing and learning from others’ experiences, they find it easier to work through issues and make decisions regarding their loved ones.

For more information, please contact the social worker, Ann Huth-Fretz at 419.447.2723.

St. Francis Senior Ministries is pleased to announce a new activity program for their Alzheimer’s/Dementia residents. The program is called The Gift of Purpose and is designed to provide specific activities and approaches for different levels of dementia residents. Each resident is evaluated for his or her cognitive level and put into groups of people who are at similar levels. They then do activities that are focused around their functional and cognitive abilities.  It allows residents to feel confident and steers staff and family members away from difficult communication and from asking questions that their loved one can’t answer and may get frustrated with.  It also teaches staff and family members how to interact and manage behaviors associated with dementia. Elizabeth Fox, RN, DON at St. Francis Home will be presenting more information on this innovative approach at the Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting at St. Francis Home on Thursday June 8th at 7:00p.m. The meeting is open to the public and there will be time to ask questions and learn more about how the program works. For more information please call Ann Huth-Fretz at 419-447-2723.

 

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