ADS Open House Nov. 8

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Oct. 26, 2017
(Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency Senior Services Director Sally Kidd recently wrote a guest opinion column for the Daily Press in Escanaba. It can be found below.)
Thanks to the Daily Press for allowing me this opportunity to share our story.
The good news is Alzheimer’s awareness has greatly increased in the past 34 years. The bad news is that awareness is not keeping pace with the disease itself.
President Ronald Reagan designated November Alzheimer’s Month in 1983. That’s when fewer than 2 million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; today that number is nearly 5.4 million – a 270 percent increase!
The Menominee-Delta Schoolcraft Community Action Agency Senior Services started helping Alzheimer’s victims and their families 23 years ago. That service has had different homes and different names, but it’s always been an important resource for residents struggling with the terrible effects of this horrendous disease.
Today our Adult Day Services is located in the Gary Abrahamson Jr. Memory Care Center, 2635 1st Ave. S., Escanaba (MAP). This beautiful building is owned by the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres, and this partnership between the Sisters and CAA means Delta County, in my opinion, is home to one of the best Alzheimer’s day services in the Upper Peninsula.
Our Adult Day Services staff love their work and the people they serve. They have two goals: to comfort and help residents with Alzheimer’s, and to be a resource for family members who want to find a daily or weekly place for their loved ones to stay in so family members may go shopping, clean the house, go to medical appointments, visit friends or even just take a nice walk in the neighborhood.
Our fully-trained, patient, caring and loving staff strive to enhance the abilities of the Alzheimer’s participant and encourage their independence through various activities. We offer an opportunity for positive interaction and socialization for all our participants.
Activities include singing, reminiscence therapy, baking, game day, puzzles/word searches, arts and crafts, painting, light exercises, birthday and holiday celebrations, local trips to various sites, tending a flower/vegetable garden and fishing.
This vital service also provides an opportunity for participants continue to reside in their community and to provide support and respite to caregivers.
We reach out to families on a regular basis to ensure we are doing the very best job we can. We often receive comments similar to these.
·                “A blessing for my mom. Staff are so friendly and caring. It gives me time to do what I have to do.”
·                “My mom loves coming to the program. She feels very comfortable coming here with all the different activities.”
Please consider attending an open house at our ADS, 2635 1st Ave. S., Escanaba, 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, and see firsthand our marvelous service.
I will close giving a very sincere thanks to our ADS participants and their family members for allowing us the privilege to serve them. Every weekday our staff reaps personal and heartwarming benefits serving you and yours.
If you have any questions, please call our ADS Supervisor Jaime Roshak, 789-2886. She’ll be glad to help, and even schedule a visit for you to see our good work firsthand.
Funding for the program includes Delta County CAA Senior Services millage, generous community donations, a small grant from the Area Agency on Aging, and contributions from participants and their families.
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