Living with Alzheimer's disease or any memory problem can be an isolating and often stressful experience for both the Alzheimer's individual and his/her family caregivers.
Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center is proud to sponsor the Alzheimer's Care Team (ACT) Program, instituted in 2002 through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program provides valuable non-medical assistance, support, and friendship to individuals with memory disorders and their family members and is part of a national Faith in Action Program that provides opportunities for faith-based organizations to minister to individuals and families within their own communities.
An Alzheimer's Care Team consists of five to nine caring individuals, formed from within a faith-based community, i.e. a church, temple, synagogue or other congregation.
As part of a care team, members provide only those services that they're comfortable providing, and when it's convenient for them. The team approach offers volunteers the support of other fellow team members. And, since the whole team shares the tasks, no one has to do it alone!
The program is supported by the professional staff at Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center. Teams receive initial training, and ongoing education and support. Planning meetings are held once a month for members to discuss progress, deal with any challenges, and provide support for each other.
Training covers: Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, diagnostic process and treatment, communication strategies, behavioral symptoms, common family issues and successful team organization and functions.
If you're caring for a loved one with a memory disorder, contact Eddy Alzheimer's Services at Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, (518) 238-4164.