Dementia Respite Support Program

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Naples Senior Center offers several weekly support groups for individuals with early to mid-stage dementia in Naples and Marco Island. Each group meets weekly for four hours.

The program is affiliated with the Brookdale Foundation’s National Group Respite Program and provides socialization and wellness with a holistic approach to everyday challenges and living. The focus of the groups is on language skills, memory techniques, relaxation techniques, socialization and self-esteem. The program includes Dakim Brain Fitness, which is designed to help users strengthen attention, focus and concentration. Groups perform activities that enhance social skills and assist in recall and language skills.

Participants work with a board-certified music therapist, thanks to a partnership with the Department of Music Therapy at the Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music. A licensed art therapist engages participants on creative ways to overcome cognitive challenges.

To learn more about our programs, please contact Anne Chernin , at 239-325-4444 or achernin@naplesseniorcenter.org

Naples Senior Center offers weekly and monthly programs designed to provide resources and support, education and social engagement opportunities for caregivers of family members with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Our goal is to reduce the isolation of this experience and bring together a community of support and resources.

Among services offered are a Weekly Caregiver Support Group and Quarterly Intensive Caregiver Training (Bootcamp)

 

Early Memory Loss Group

Brain Joggers offers an opportunity for individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or similar circumstances the chance to share practical advice and coping skills, as well as to discuss feelings, concerns and frustrations.  The objective of the program is to stimulate thinking and memory, and to help maintain the physical functioning of the participants.  The program includes discussions that focus on topics such as “right brain vs. left brain”, stress management and real-life concerns that participants are facing.  All activities are designed to provide cognitive challenges at the appropriate levels for the different participants.  Language skills, memory techniques, relaxation techniques, socialization and building self-esteem are areas of concentration.
 
The group meets every Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., including lunch.  The cost is $35 per session, and scholarships are provided for those who are unable to afford the fee.  As with all NCS programs, no one is ever turned away because of inability to pay.
 
To learn more about Brain Joggers, please contact Anne Chernin, MSW  at achernin@naplesseniorcenter.org or 239-325-4444. 
 
Advance registration is required.
 

I can’t tell you how fortunate we feel to have found this program…it has been a real blessing.”   ~ Mrs. S. about her husband, who regularly attends the program.

 

Naples Senior Center – Dementia Respite 2020 – Remembering Our First Cars

 

Naples Senior Center – Dementia – 2018

Dementia Video – 2016

 

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