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.
Tom Delgado, a former volunteer with the Gathering Place, talks with Jeannette Reed about his new healthcare business during an interview for CompU.Talk on October, 13, 2020.
Melinda Kaye Brandt, new Gathering Place volunteer and CompU.Talk music instructor, talks about her life and interests with Jeannette Reed during an interview on October 20, 2020, for our CompU.Talk students.
Dr. Keith Brandt is an aerospace medicine physician currently employed at NASA. He talks about aerospace medicine and his experiences at NASA with Jeannette Reed during an interview for CompU.Talk on October 27, 2020.
Dr. Julie Zacharias Simpson is a Geriatric and Family Medicine specialist in Henderson, Nevada. She is an expert in dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive issues, and was named Doctor of the Year in geriatrics for the last two consecutive years. She is the daughter of George and Mary Zacharias.
Dr. Niki Zacharias Millward is a cancer researcher at MD Anderson in Houston. She received her BS in Chemistry from Texas A&M, and followed with her PhD from CalTech in 2003. She is a faculty member and assistant professor in the urology department at MD Anderson.
We had a Christmas party for our CompU.Talk students on December 17, 2020. Many thanks to Barbara Bennett for putting together the program and for all the teachers, students and staff who participated. Merry Christmas!!
Glenda Stewart Langley, teacher, writer, and gardener who shares a work-in-progress adobe home along the Rio Grande in New Mexico, provides information to our CompU.Talk students during an interview with Jeannette Reed on January 5, 2021.
Ray Reed is a modern day globetrotter, having worked in or visited at least 23 countries. He talks about his experiences working in Antarctica during a CompU.Talk interview with Jeannette Reed on January 12, 2021.
Audra DiBello, a graphic artist from Coral Springs, Florida, discussed her virtual classes in the altered book technique for enhancing brain health and building community in today’s world with Jeannette Reed for CompU.Talk on January 19, 2021.
Nico Marrero is a Software Development Engineer for Amazon who currently resides in Scotland. He talks about new projects being developed for Amazon, and his life with his wife, Shasta in the UK during an interview with Jeannette Reed for CompU.Talk on January 26, 2021.
Peggy Krampota and Janet De Leon, Bingo Beauties and Property Managers for CompU Talk and long time Gathering Place volunteers, talk about their lives and interests during an interview with Jeannette Reed for CompU.Talk on February 2, 2021
Jeff Olyniec, businessman and tech giant, discusses his life and work in China with Jeannette Reed during an interview for CompU.Talk on February 9, 2021.