Alzheimer & Parkinson Association offers programs for those with memory or movement disorders

news release

The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County announces a new series of programs and workshops to be held at the Intergenerational Center during the months of June and July. The programs, all of which are free of charge, are offered to those with memory and/or movement disorders and their caregivers.

“We offer programs throughout Indian River County, from the Sebastian area to the barrier island and the mainland, but we are ramping up our offerings to the South County residents during these summer months,” said Peggy Cunningham, Executive Director of the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association.

A list of the upcoming programs includes:

Social Respite- Offered every Tuesday in June and July from 9 am to 3 pm. Those with dementia may be dropped off during this time, providing the caregiver some much-needed respite. Engaging activities such as light exercise, games, arts and crafts, music and more, are provided in a safe and uplifting environment while the caregiver can run errands or just have some time for themself. No appointment is necessary; however it is requested that the loved one be dropped off by 10 am.

Memory Screenings- appointments available on June 28 from 9 am to 3 pm. A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that checks memory and other cognitive skills. It consists of a series of questions and/or tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions. The process is confidential and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Anyone over the age of 50 is encouraged to have a baseline memory screening which may then be shared with family and/or their physician.  

Educational Classes:
Warning Signs of Dementia
– June 14 at 10:30 am and 2 pm. Is it the onset of dementia or just the natural aging process?

Warning Signs of Parkinson’s– June 21 at 10:30 am and 2 pm. Is it the onset of Parkinson’s or other movement related disorder, or are symptoms part of the natural aging process?

Total Memory Workout– July 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Designed for the cognitively well senior, this four-week class offers individuals an opportunity to learn about memory, a brain-healthy lifestyle, and how to practice “memorcises” to build memory muscle in eight easy steps.

Support Group for Caregivers- July 12 at 2 pm. Designed for family and caregivers of loved ones with memory and/or movement disorders.

Dementia Experience- July 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm. The rolling RV will be onsite to provide experiential training for family and professionals alike so they can become sensitized to the needs of those suffering with dementia. This experience is for anyone seeking to understand the physical and mental challenges of those with memory issues.

Movement Class- July 26 at 2 pm. Join us for an exercise class specifically designed for individuals with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

All of the programs will be offered inside the IG Center, located on Oslo Road at 1590 9th Street SW, Vero Beach. The RV offering the Dementia Experience will be in the parking lot. Advanced registration is not required, but is recommended. To sign up or to learn more, call the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association at 772-563-0505.

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