The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Senior Citizens Council of Rome to provide respite care services for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses.
Senior Citizens Council was one of 15 organizations in nine states to receive grants as part of AFA’s Milton and Phyllis Berg Respite Care Grant program.
Grant funding will support the Senior Citizens Council’s respite care program which benefits both individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Studies have shown that respite care can help improve quality of life by providing social engagement, cognitive stimulation and a much-needed timeout for caregivers.
The Oneida County community-based non-profit offers a wellness center and senior day services such as exercise, music therapy and memory stimulation activities to help seniors remain active and independent while providing caregivers time to care for themselves. “We cannot thank the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America enough for their very generous grant that will help support very vulnerable seniors in our community to continue receiving services through our social model adult day program,” said Susan Streeter, executive director of the Senior Council. “Their financial support offers many of our senior participants the ability to continue with our program which helps them to maintain community life.”
“The Senior Citizens Council plays a vital role in improving the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families,” said Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “We are pleased to help them deliver these important services.”
AFA Board Treasurer Barry Berg said as the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to grow, the disease has a tremendous impact not only on those living with the disease, but the caregivers as well.
“This is a tremendous responsibility for caregivers,” Berg said. “It is important for them to be able to take time for themselves, maintain their own health and recharge so that they can provide the best quality care to their loved ones.”
The Milton and Phyllis Berg Respite Care Grants are awarded to organizations that share AFA’s mission of providing support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide. They were created in response to the overwhelming need for respite care.
Funding is awarded twice a year. The grants are named in honor of the deceased parents of Barry E. Berg, who has served on AFA’s Board of Trustees since 2004. Berg’s mother, Phyllis, lived with Alzheimer’s disease and his father, Milton, was her primary caregiver.
Caregivers who need information about respite care services can contact AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484 and speak with a licensed social worker, or connect through AFA’s website, www.alzfdn.org. The Helpline is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends.