In response to COVID-19, the Gathering Place has started offering virtual classes three mornings each week to people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Goals of the new program, CompU.Talk, are to slow cognitive decline and improve short term memory and mood in a format that is stimulating and fun for the student.
Included in the curriculum are current events, exercise, music, art, and memory retrieval activities. In numerous studies, the individual topics have all been found to be effective in delaying symptoms of the diseases. The activities that lower risk factors for Alzheimer’s are the same for slowing progression of the disease at any stage.
Classes are free, limited in size, and all materials are provided at no cost. Applicants must register in the Gathering Place program, be able to read and write, and provide a doctor’s diagnosis. They must also have a computer or a hands-free device with a camera and microphone. In most cases, they will also need a caregiver who will help them access the virtual classroom via Zoom each morning.
Dr. Bob Smither, PhD, discusses how he got involved with the Brazoria County Gathering Place, exercises, diets, and his involvement with other non-profits during an interview with Jeannette Reed as part of the CompU.Talk program on July 21, 2020. Dr. Bob is one of the CompU.Talk instructors.
Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Benek is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida. He is internationally recognized as an expert social and religious analyst and commentator, techno-theologian, and and is the lead clergy expert regarding artificial intelligence in the world. He discusses some of these topics with Jeannette Reed (his mother-in-law) during a CompU.Talk interview on July 28, 2020.
Stacy Adams, Brazoria County Commissioner for Precinct 3, discusses his district, hurricane evacuation preparations, and improvements to County parks during and interview with Jeannette Reed on August 8, 2020, for CompU.Talk.
Jason Perez, Mayor of Angleton, talks about the city, its past and present, during an interview with Jeannette Reed on August 11, 2020, for CompU.Talk.
The West Mulberry Irregulars (Matt Edquist, Bob Williams, and Dale Libby) play some hillbilly gospel songs for the students of CompU.Talk on August 25, 2020.
Chris Langley is the Deputy Assistant Director at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. This operation provides state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the international scientific community. He discusses his work and the telescopes with his sister, Jeannette Reed, during an interview for CompU.Talk on September 1, 2020.
Sandra Cantu, concert pianist, and Christina Barrucho, professional soprano, perform a few classical pieces from Sandra's home in Montreal for our students during CompU.Talk on September 8, 2020.
Sherry Cavallo, Gathering Place volunteer and CompU.Talk instructor, is an artist and talks about iconography with Jeannette Reed during an interview on September 15, 2020, for our CompU.Talk students.
Allen Stanton, Texas legend and Alvin businessman, talks about his family and their family-owned and operated general store during an interview with Jeannette Reed during CompU.Talk on September 23, 2020.
Breah Knape, Executive Director of ActionS Inc., talks about the services the non-profit provides to senior citizens in Brazoria County during an interview with Jeannette Reed during CompU.Talk on September 29, 2020.