Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Helping Spread Good Health in Chula Vista

Liz Reinhofer, our Community Liason, talks to a Norman Park Health Fair participant.

Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers corporate staffers handed out a lot of resource information on caring for loved ones with dementia at today’s annual Health Fair held this morning at the Norman Park Senior Center in Chula Vista.

Seniors, family members and medical personnel from nearby hospitals stopped by our booth to express interest in programs such as our adult day care programs and support groups for caregivers. A flier for our respite care program called “Take a Break” was among the most popular items taken by fair-goers.

The “Take a Break” program offers the following services in a homelike setting:

• Continuous supervision and monitoring by RNs
• Continence care by dementia care specialists
• Nutritious hot meals and snacks
• Structured and therapeutic social and recreational activities
• Professionally facilitated weekly support group meetings
• Information and referrals

Other booths at Wednesday’s fair included everything from local hospitals and hospice care to headwear makers specializing in cancer patients. There also was plenty of great information on healthy living and even free massages!

For those in South Bay, we have a lively center located at 280 Saylor Drive, next to Fredericka Manor. Daily walks within the facility’s grounds are much anticipated by those participants who love the outdoors and whose caregivers enjoy knowing their loved one is getting lots of fresh air in a safe setting. If you’d like more information on that facility, call 619-420-1703.