Tuesday, August 31, 2010

How the Glenner Centers Are Different

Last week we visited merchants in Coronado to help build great packages for our silent auction next April. Many shop owners were delighted to help us, recognizing how our organization benefits families (and customers and employees) their community. Some, however, confused us with the Alzheimer’s Association, so we thought we’d clarify how we’re different.

The non-profit George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers are 100% local and primarily provide adult day health care services for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory impairments. We also provide support for caregivers so they can continue to work and/or stay healthy, which then allows their loved one to remain at home. This includes weekly support groups, referrals, case management, family education and, when needed, crisis intervention. Often, the Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Center is the best solution (or transition) between living independently and moving to a skilled nursing facility. Every penny of our fundraisers remains in San Diego County.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a national organization dedicated to finding preventions, treatments, and eventually, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Its contributions to our national awareness of this most common form of dementia have helped families worldwide better understand the disease and current treatments. The San Diego/Imperial Chapter assists families locally through research, education and care and support for all affected.

The San Diego/Imperial Alzheimer’s Association chapter is credited with creating the region’s first Alzheimer’s support group after it was established in 1980. Our founders, George G. and Joy Glenner, created the nation’s first dementia-specific adult day care health service right here in San Diego in 1982. Both organizations over the years have helped San Diegans better understand and better cope with the stress of caring for someone who is losing their memory.

As mentioned at the start of this post, we’re currently seeking silent auction items for next year’s signature event in April. If you would like to donate, please contact us at 619-543-4700 or you can email asaita[at]glenner.org.