One Time Gift Donation
Thank you for considering the Gathering Place for a gift. Since we began our first Gathering December, 2007, we have provided fun-filled activities for 225 people with Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal and vascular dementias, Parkinson’s and stroke.
Two of our participants have attended more than 600 Gatherings since early 2008. We believe that the more than 2500 hours of stimulating activities we have provided at Gatherings have significantly slowed their cognitive decline.
Many families have told us they would not have been able to keep their loved ones at home were it not for the support we have provided.
Those of us who volunteer at Gathering Place congregation socials feel blessed to be able to provide quality of life for our participants. Volunteers in our educational outreaches work to provide hope and help for people who are faced with caregiving.
You will help us meet those goals. Thank you.
Recurring gifts ensure stable funding for our vital work. Gathering Places provide 36 hours of free respite for caregivers every month. Having regular breaks from caregiving enables family members to rest, see friends, or perform tasks. With adequate breaks, caregivers are less apt to be depressed and fatigued.
Our participants with Alzheimer’s love to attend Gatherings. They enjoy the companionship, reminiscing games, music, physical exercise, a tasty lunch and Bingo. Some Alzheimer’s studies indicate that these kinds of activities may slow the progression of the disease.
Our Caregiver Conferences provide the latest information about treatment, tips to handle difficult behaviors, and help caregivers to understand the progression of the disease. Caregivers who are informed and empowered feel more confident in their roles and are less likely to feel overwhelmed.
Each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, our Alzheimer’s Awareness Project hosts countywide Memory Screenings. Each of the past four years, we have identified more than 60 people who had severe cognitive deficits and we were able to share that with family members so they could seek professional help. Our Memory Screenings have been the largest community-based screenings in the United States.
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