Thomasville offers an alternative to the costly long term care of Alzheimer's disease.
Gail Lancaster of Plantation Manor Assisted Living says one out of every two families nationwide has a family member battling Alzheimer's disease.
Gail Lancaster says, "The older we get the higher the chance we'll have Alzheimer’s. By the time we reach 85, 50 percent of us will have the disease."
Plantation Manor's upcoming Walter Sawyer Daytime Memory Program is an alternative for those who can't afford the costs of long term care for their loved ones or those who aren't ready to put them in long term care.
Participants of the program will take part in one-on-one activities to improve their motor skills. Organizers say that's detrimental to anyone affected with this disease.
Virgil Thomas, activities director for the Memory Program, says, "We're trying to keep them as alive as possible. We do various therapeutic activities, things that will keep them alive cognitively, emotionally, socially."
Betty Sawyer, whose husband died of Alzheimer's disease, adds, "I see it helping many people. There are so many caregivers there that have nobody to help them. They get very stressed and tired. I know that I did and I would have given anything for a program like this when my husband was home."
Organizers say the program will offer caregivers a break, giving them piece of mind while leaving their loved ones in good hands.
The program starts up in August, running Monday through Friday from 8:30-4:30. Folks can come any day of the week. There are some fees involved, so call 229-227-0880 for more information.
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Source: Web Reports