Every day, a long day for caregivers
GOING ON NOW: The Longest Day emphasizes caregivers’ role, sacrifice in assisting dementia patients
Every day is a long day, for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
Slowly being robbed of the sense of time and place, with stress being placed on caregivers and families, Alzheimer’s patients can feel trapped in a world of one day being just like the next ... and the next.
On the longest day of the year - for 2016 that’s Monday, June 20 - the Alzheimer’s Association will stage activities around the nation drawing attention to the need for more Alzheimer’s research.
For Laurens County, The Longest Day will be a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. set of activities at Bailey Manor Christian Retirement Community in Clinton.
“For this event, the focus is on the caregiver. We want to bring awareness to them, because for a person helping someone with Alzheimer’s every day is a long day for them,” said Katie Hodges, task force manager for The Longest Day in Laurens County.
A special feature of these activities will be the 6:15 p.m. balloon launch, with each balloon purchased in honor or memory of a loved one. Balloons are $1 each, and should be ordered in advance (864-833-3425) or on Monday by 5:45 p.m.
“We are host site for The Longest Day because we have know hundreds of people with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Bailey Manor Administrator Rita Stanley said. “A some point, in some way, everyone is touched by these conditions.”
There will be different activities each hour, including Zumba, cartoons for the kids, art class, rocking, prize give-aways, ice cream, dunking booth and family movies. It is open to anyone, and participants can donate for each activity they participate in, some donations are as little as $1. Volunteers are sought to help with the activities, any time during the day.
Bailey Manor is taking orders for lunch and supper, hot dog and barbecue plates will be on sale for $5. Orders are available for pick-up, or delivery can be made in the Clinton area. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The $5 hot dog plate includes a hit dog, chips, cookie and drink, extra hot dog for $2 more.
The $5 barbecue plate includes barbecue or barbecue sandwich, chips, cookie and drink, extra sandwich for $2 more.
The June 20 schedule and suggested donation for events are:
--9-10 a.m., exercise, dance class ($8);
--10-11 a.m., cartoon and popcorn ($5) and rocking (for a donation);
--11 a.m. - 1 p.m., art class ($15);
--11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., lunch;
--Noon - 1 p.m., Power Hour: Dine and Discover Alzheimer’s (donation);
--1-3 p.m., Ice Cream Parlor open, ($3);
--2 p.m., bingo (kids $3, adults $5);
--2-4 p.m., art class ($15);
--3-4 p.m.. rocking (donation) and movie with popcorn ($5);
--3-6 p.m., dunking booth (three balls, $1);
--4-5 p.m., craft: vase of layered paper flowers ($5);
--5-6 p.m., write cards to residents, family members, caregivers (bring a list), and supper;
--6:15 p.m., balloon release.
“We had a lady last year who came, sat in one of our rockers, read a book and left a donation,” Bailey Manor Business/Marketing Director Pat Adamson said. “Your involvement can be as little or as much as you want it to be. We deal with Alzheimer’s all the time, as other communities do. We are all caregivers.
“The exciting thing for us this year is we have activities going on inside the building. We will have more diversity in our volunteers, people come all the way from Newberry and Laurens, all across the county.”
“The Longest Day is gaining momentum,” Hodges said. “You can go to the website and make a team, or join a team and help raise money.”
The Laurens County team is designated for Langston Place, where Hodges is the marketing director.”It’s $20 to join a team, $5 more for a shirt,” she said. “All the money goes to the Alzheimer’s research fund.”
Teams and individuals are invited to do activities, or sell drinks for $1, on-site June 20. A bike ride in the Wellness Center will be available all day for a donation, and the Bloodmobile will be on-site.
People are being recruited to take turns sitting in the dunking booth.
Throughout the day, volunteers are encouraged to post Alzheimer’s facts to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.