You won’t often find Alzheimer’s disease the focus of a 2-year-old’s birthday party.
But the chance to help families impacted by the disease was celebrated earlier this spring at the second anniversary of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter Adult Day Center Wheeling Street location.
“We sincerely appreciate the way we have been welcomed by the community,” said Jeri Schulz, director of Respite Services for the Northwest Ohio Chapter. “From the Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio to Oregon Mayor Marge Brown, from local business owners and civic organizations to the neighborhood residents, our Adult Day Center has benefited from remarkable support and kindness.
“While all of us at the Alzheimer’s Association look forward to the day when there will be a world without Alzheimer’s disease, we are honored by the opportunity to provide a much-needed service,” Schulz said. “Our Adult
Day Center enables caregivers the chance to go to work, to attend to daily chores, enjoy hobbies or simply obtain respite or relief time to rest and renew themselves for the continuing stress of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.”
The chapter established the Wheeling Street location after research identified a need in that community for the service. With a capacity of caring for up to 10 people at one time, the center is often full.
Since 1993, hundreds of Toledo area families, including some from eastern Lucas County, have benefited from Adult Day Center services at the chapter’s Reynolds Road offices. That location can accommodate up to 30 people at a time.
“The two locations of the Adult Day Centers provide services to participants in a secure and supportive environment,” Schulz explained. “This includes group and individualized activities, therapeutic art programs, music therapy, inter-generational programming, exercise activities, lunch, snacks and more. Transportation services are also available.”
Many participants thrive in the Adult Day Center environment, making new friends, enjoying activities and looking forward to their next visit.
“Of the 79 Chapters of the Alzheimer’s Associations across the United States, only about a dozen provide adult day center services,” Schulz said. “But the centers are an integral part of our service to this region, and we know we make a substantial difference in the daily lives of many people.”
Helping caregivers daily
The Wheeling Street Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Participants can use the Adult Day Center for full or partial days. The Chapter’s Reynolds Road center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Operating costs are subsidized by the Lucas County Senior Services levy through a grant from the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc. and the State of Ohio Alzheimer’s Respite Line item. Adult Day Center services are offered on a sliding fee scale.
Additionally, Adult Day Center services may be covered for those eligible for Ohio’s PASSPORT program and other programs through the Area Office on Aging, and/or for those who qualify for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
For more information about the Adult Day Centers, call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-720-4940 (131 N. Wheeling Street, Suite 2); 419-537-1999 (2500 N. Reynolds Rd.) or toll-free at 1-800-272-3900.
Oregon Mayor Marge Brown and Jeri Schulz, director of Respite Services were on hand to mark the second anniversary of the Wheeling Street Adult Day Center. (Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter)