Coming in February is a Social Club Day Respite Program to help care partners and their loved ones living with dementia. Individuals living with mild to moderate dementia will have an opportunity to engage in meaningful activities while their family care partner has time for themselves, to go to their own doctor's appointments, do the shopping or take a nap. The Alzheimer’s Project, Inc. of the Big Bend, in conjunction with local churches, is excited to provide this opportunity in Port St Joe.

The Social Day Club will meet twice a month and is targeted to begin in February. The United Pentecostal Church is donating space for the program. Research has shown that those living with dementia often become socially isolated and lack physical and verbal stimulation.

A "day program" gives the individual an opportunity to socialize with others who are living with the similar challenges, to participate in brain games, physical exercise, arts and crafts, games and music. The care partner is afforded the time to take care of themselves.

Alzheimer's Project has provided support to care partners through caregiver support groups for the last six years in Port St Joe. While support groups provide information and support, we know care partners need more, opening a Social Club Day Respite Program to help meet this need.

The Alzheimer's Project is in need of kind, caring, and creative men and women to volunteer to help the Respite Coordinator assist guests on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from either 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. or 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. ET.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and attend the Volunteer Training on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. ET (lunch provided) at United Pentecostal Church, 309 6th Street, Port, St. Joe, FL 32436.

For more information and to register contact Megan Bakan megan@alzheimersproject.org or 850-386-2778. Families interested in bringing their loved ones should contact Jasmine Shepherd 850-386-2778 or jasmine@alzhiemersproject.org to complete an assessment prior to attending the Social Day Club.