In March of 2020, AgingNext was forced to temporarily close its Memory Care Center due to COVID-19. The Center served as a safe, loving environment for older adults with memory impairment and provided families and caregivers much-needed respite in order to care for themselves. The closure of the Center and the onset of protocols to control the virus were just the opposite of what our participants and their families needed. Without social interaction and activity, many experienced both physical and mental decline, depression, and anxiety.
“We were on the waiting list to join the Memory Care Center when it reopened. The day the call came that we were scheduled for an interview, my heart and soul felt lighter. I was not alone. AgingNext was our long-awaited gift!
Pam made small grumblings about not wanting to go, but I was desperate for the respite and we committed to four days a week. After the first week, she did not want to miss any days! Making friends, finding joy, and most of all, purpose, was such a blessing.
As a full-time caregiver, the weight in my life has lifted. The Memory Care Center was what we desperately needed in our lives – a safe haven. Pam feels like she belongs and the staff and volunteers open their hearts every day. Love is felt the minute we walk through the door.”
The seventeen months that the Center was closed caused a grave hardship on many families. Caregivers were relied upon to provide daily activities, essential care, and medical assistance for their loved ones 24/7. The unfortunate effect on families was evident by the number of phone calls AgingNext received during this time.
We are grateful to once again have the opportunity to serve our participants and their families, like Pam and Charlotte, who have seen the benefits of our social day program. While the opportunity to provide care can be a blessing and a source of connection, it also requires sacrifice, as they give of themselves to help their loved one. We hope you will consider giving to AgingNext this holiday season, and help us continue to provide this “long-awaited gift” to families now and for years to come.