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- Proverbs 3:5-6
September 2020
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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Offering Therapeutic Community Programming
By Lisa Padilla - Friday Mar 20, 2020
Since many people, and especially those with dementia-related illnesses, are isolated at home right now as we deal with the Coronavirus, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America wants people to know that we are still available as a source for guidance and help. Their Toll-Free Helpline, staffed by licensed social workers, is open seven days a week to answer any questions and address concerns.

They're offering community programming in the form of music, dance and art therapy, and more via Facebook Live.

They've received tremendous feedback from people who have been watching. These programs have demonstrated an ability to improve mood, decreased depression and anxiety, and improve the overall quality of life. A lot of care facilities and adult day centers are closed and thus, they're one of their only means of communication, particularly through our Helpline. This helps combat isolation and keeps people engaged.

Here are links to some videos from programs conducted this week. Please let me know if you would be interested in doing a story on this.

Their most recent classes have been an art/paper bouquet making class, ‘disco Funk chair Fitness’ class, and a Broadway concert.

https://www.facebook.com/AlzheimersFoundationofAmerica/videos/530760954508889/

https://www.facebook.com/AlzheimersFoundationofAmerica/videos/499430974276343/

https://www.facebook.com/AlzheimersFoundationofAmerica/videos/239028573943767/

https://alzfdn.org/

By Sandy Silverstein