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The Day Away program

March 17. 2018 11:57PM

To the Editor: For readers who don't know Day Away, it is a social program for men and women with early stages of Alzheimer's and related dementias. This program also provides the participant's caregiver several hours, a short respite, to catch a breath. A registered nurse and an experienced staff are always on site. Guest speakers, entertainers, musicians, and a friendly therapy golden retriever stop by on Thursdays. A wholesome lunch, cooked on the premises, and even snacks are part of Thursdays.

Day Away is a nondenominational program meeting every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Chapel in Bristol.

You can appreciate the importance of the volunteers to this program. They are the backbone of Day Away. They bring knowledge, wisdom, life experiences, and all sorts of talent to enhance, not only the lives of the participants, but staff as well. With more participants, there is a greater need for more volunteers. The program needs you now, today!

If you can come on board, we will help with insight into the disease. The satisfaction you receive will be unlimited. The heart of a volunteer is not measured by size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference. Together we can make a person's yoke a little easier, a burden a little lighter.

I personally want to say thank you to every volunteer in our program for their commitment to the Day Away Program and welcome all those who wish to be part of our program.



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