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Volunteers Needed for Early Memory Loss Day Program in Fredericksburg
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 • Posted August 18, 2010

Play the piano? Sing? Enjoy games and crafts, have a green thumb or other talents you can share? We are looking for you! Talented volunteers are needed to assist with a new adult day program in Fredericksburg. This program is designed for Hill Country citizens with Early Memory Loss related Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other conditions that make it unsafe for them to be on their own.

Sponsored by the Paige House, a luxury retirement, assisted living facility, the program starts Monday, September 13th and continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-2pm. The Paige House is located at 2230 N. Llano in Fredericksburg.

If you enjoy people and have some time in which you could offer service to others, you are needed! If you are patient, caring, and enjoy interacting with others and helping your community, please call VelAnne Howle, at 992-3192 and see what areas you could provide assistance with. 

Volunteers may commit to anything from one or two hours a week to a full four hour day per week. Specific help is needed for Fall 2010 as follows: 

Client Helpers / Activity Leaders: Greet and visit with clients, assist with activities, arts and crafts, games, indoor exercise, snacks, meal times and other needs during the day. 

Song Leaders & Musicians:

1-3 hours per week. Lead small group in singing hymns, standards and favorite "Oldies".

Clerical: 1-2 hours per week. Copying, mailouts, keeping files and expense reports.

This is an on-site respite program designed especially for the caregiver and their loved one. While the loved one enjoys supervised group activities, their caregiver gets a few hours off to take care of themselves, run errands, or even take a nap!

The Paige House can help by providing a supervised program in a safe environment, with special activities designed to promote social interaction, peer support, self-help skills and just plain fun.

Participants will discuss current events, socialize, and work oversized group puzzles and crosswords. Indoor exercise sessions, singalongs, games, arts and crafts, snacks, and a really great lunch will be provided.

Who can join this program?

Participants must be:

· Cognitive – Able to socialize and follow simple directions

· Ambulatory – Canes and walkers are acceptable

· Continent – Protective undergarments are acceptable

· Able to self administer medication, if needed

Who would NOT be able to join?

· Someone who is emotionally unstable

· Someone who is unable to "manage" their incontinence

· No longer able to socialize

· Needs assistance with medication

A brief interview and assessment is made prior to enrollment.

Here is aTypical Early Memory Loss Day Program based on 4 hours:

10:00 AM Welcome/Snack/Coffee or Tea/Check-In with members

10:15AM Group discussion of current events, community happenings, sharing humorous things that have happened.

10:30AM Memory Enhancement Techniques: Review of topics distributed last session as "homework", i.e. nutrition and memory, the effects of stress on memory and how to minimize it, using the senses to enhance memory.

10:45AM Physical activity such as : Chair Aerobics/Stretching/Indoor Exercise

11:00AM Small group activity such as: Fill in a blank United States Map, oversized crossword or puzzle, identify famous people by their pictures

11:30AM Arts and Crafts, gardening or special occasion/holiday projects

12:00AM Hot well-balanced lunch and Socialization

12:40PM Musical activity, Singalong

1:00PM Games such as Scrabble, Dominoes, Bingo, Scattergories

1:45PM Distribution of memory enhancement homework and discussion

2:00PM Farewell

Call VelAnne Howle @ (830) 992-3192 to volunteer or learn more about our Early Memory Loss Adult Day Program. The fee is $40 per day and covers activities, supplies, snacks, a well balanced lunch, facilities and supervision. Ask her about how much fun our members will have!

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