The Naples Senior Centerat JFCS received a $15,000 grant to expand its Dementia Respite Support Program. The program offers seniors, who are experiencing memory loss, with cognitive stimulation, social activities and physical exercise with licensed personnel. It also gives their caregivers free time for household chores, personal appointments, shopping, etc. The grant will expand the number of respite support groups from four to eight, with two 4-hour sessions per week, 52 weeks per year for 120 clients and their caregivers.
One Year Later: 86% of the participants have shown less agitation and 98% of the caregivers report that the group has had a positive impact on their lives.