Support office makes big difference for family

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2005

Fourteen months ago my husband was diagnosed with with Alzheimer’s type dementia. About a month after that I was made aware of the fact that we have a National Family Caregiver Support Office, staffed by a director and an outreach specialist, right here in Soldotna.

What a tremendous resource and support they have been to our family. They put us in touch with the Alzheimer’s Resource Agency in Anchorage, referred us o the Forget-Me-Not Care Center in Kenai, have made it possible for me to have someone come in our home when respite care is needed and are ready, willing and able to answer questions, listen to our concerns, cry with us and also to laugh with us.

I would like to say thank you to Jan Fena, director of the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, who referred me to the National Family Caregiver Support Office — Patricia Stringer and Connie Stephens; also to Linda Flowers, Helen Ware and the other caregivers at the Forget-M-Not Center for their constant support.

Other tremendous resources available locally are the Support Group meetings which are held at the Sterling Senior Center. Caregivers meet for one hour each month in an informal setting to share feelings, experiences and ways of coping with their loved ones who are afflicted with this terrible disease. My family and I are truly appreciative of the kind, caring individuals in the area who are helping us deal with our situation.

Rachael E. Jurco

Soldotna



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