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Group Respite/First Circle Friends

Group Respite/First Circle Friends

Do you know someone – a spouse, parent, grandparent or friend – affected by early- to mid-stage memory loss? What if he or she could join a new circle of friends, one that would enhance their well being while also providing a break to their family caregiver?

LSI’s First Circle Friends is a group respite program that provides a day of renewal, friendship and support for people with memory loss and their family caregivers.

Meeting twice a month at partner churches from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., trained volunteers are matched one-on-one with participants for a day of cognitively stimulating activities, such as music, games, light exercise, painting and discussion groups that reminisce on past events, sports or history.

Meanwhile, family caregivers can enjoy a day off to rest, run errands and rejuvenate themselves for their caregiving role. Having time for personal wellness is important so family caregivers can continue to provide their best care for a loved one. At the end of the day, both participants and their caregivers can go home feeling refreshed for the days ahead.

 

Who is eligible?

This program is designed for individuals with early- to mid-stage memory loss, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease or brain injury.

LSI provides a free assessment to help determine if the program is a good fit for your family. While trained volunteers are available to assist in many ways, participants should be able to feed themselves, use the bathroom independently and take any needed medications before or after the session.

Each session costs $45, which includes lunch, morning coffee and a snack. This fee also helps cover supplies, materials and training and continuing education for volunteers.

To learn more, please contact:

Cannady Fritzjunker
515-271-7408
cannady.fritzjunker@LSIowa.org

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