The Senior Citizen Council of Rome has been awarded a grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation is a national non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 organizations with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia and their families.
The $5,000 grant is one of a group of awards.
Grant recipients utilize these funds to provide respite scholarships to families living with Alzheimer’s disease. Respite programs — such as adult day programs — offer caregivers a much-needed time-out from their caregiving duties, while providing stimulation for individuals with Alzheimer’s.
Ava Dorfman Senior Center Executive Director Susan Streeter said the center at 305 E. Locust St. applied for funding support for the social model adult day care program it has run since the early 1970s.
The state-certified program offers a daytime option for seniors with dementia and other memory issues, the executive director said.
Caregivers, said Streeter, “just need a break,” a few days to recharge. This program allows them to give their relatives a daytime program that addresses their memory complications.
The program has 31 enrolled, with an average of about 10 to 15 participants on a given day.
While the center uses the AARP guidelines of participation for anyone 50 and older, Streeter noted that most participants in the day program are in their 70s and 80s.