Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith Co. adds new programs

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In November, Glen Campbell’s widow, Kim Campbell will go to Tyler to share her message with other Alzheimer's caregivers that they are not alone as part of the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County's Butterfly Hope Luncheon.

The non-profit is one of only a handful of non-profit Alzheimer’s Alliances in Texas and they are making extraordinary strides helping people cope with the disease.

Executive Director Stephanie Taylor said they are expanding into a new building, which will give them more space to offer new programs and enhance the ones that are already working for families dealing with Alzheimer's disease.

Located on 211 Winchester drive, the space will allow them to offer more days of adult Day Club to give caregivers a much-needed break. They will also offer Memory Café, where both the patient and caregiver can relax and have fun together.

"It's a nice open area,” Taylor said as she walked through the facility. “In this first room they do physical activities. In the next room over, they do activities, artwork, games, bingo, dominoes. Dominoes can get pretty competitive."

The new facility will also open up more opportunities for memory screenings and group counseling. Their mission is to bring people living with the illness from isolation into socialization.

"In this section we do arts and crafts with our friends,” Taylor said walking to an adjacent room. “We eat breakfast and lunch here and just fellowship with each other during Day Club."

Taylor said Day Clubs have themes, and one theme this summer was water play.

"They sat inside the fenced-in patio area and put their feet inside swimming pools,” Taylor said. “They were shooting each other with water guns, it was so fun."

A licensed master social worker is on staff full time for case management and counseling. They offer respite care, workshops, virtual dementia tours, and much more.

"There are thousands of people in our community that are living with dementia and there are thousands of loved ones that are caring for those people,” Taylor said. “We want to really provide hope."

Taylor invites anyone in East Texas with questions or needs to call at 903-509-8323. You can find more information on their Facebook page.
 

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