Let me get right to the heart of the matter. We need more volunteers please!
For all those fine people who have patiently and generously read my blogs over the past year and clicked the “like or love” button on Facebook, or even shared a post with friends, I am now appealing for your help please!
Let me explain.
Memory Matters has a loyal group of volunteers who give of their time and talents to help those less fortunate than themselves. Frankly speaking I am referring to the caregivers whose loved ones suffer from a dementia or Parkinson’s disease or both. Everything the volunteers achieve in the daycare programs, (our Connections and Compass Clubs), is directed towards giving respite to the caregivers and allowing them time and space to take care of themselves. Being a care giver (sometimes I call them care partners) to someone suffering from say, Alzheimers is a really tough challenge in life. I have some personal experience, having cared for my Mother in England last year. She suffered terrible physical problems added to which her dementia had kicked in too.
Alzheimer’s is still the disease without a cure, and until there is one, Memory Matters will continue to offer our local Low Country community a memory care resource that is second to none. Now in our 20th year, we continue to develop new programs and refine existing programs both for the caregivers – through counseling and support groups – as well their loved ones in Connections or Compass.
Through our Connections Club program we are endeavoring to extend the time those loved ones can spend at home with their families by challenging their brains and giving that 3lbs of “squidgy” muscle some serious exercise! The people who attend Connections are often recently diagnosed with Alzheimers or another dementia, or are simply suffering from a mild cognitive impairment. If we can bring them to us as early as possible we know we can extend their quality years. We use socialization, challenging but fun games, music and art therapy, as well as brain stretching puzzles and various “mind games” to stimulate the brain. We emphasize nutritious healthy eating (the Mediterranean diet I wrote about last week), and add exercise to the mix. Often this is a professionally led yoga routine.
The disease with no cure is not going away and the baby boomer generation is in its “head-lights”. So having recently completed a remodeling of our building to create more usable space we are expanding our offerings. More programs and more people per week.
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
We need you to volunteer please!
I can tell you from personal experience that you might be apprehensive on the first day, but that soon disappears when you realize just how rewarding and fun (!) being a Memory Matters volunteer can be. One of our volunteers- Lindy -has been with us for eight years and comes in four days a week. His wife once attended Memory Matters before she passed away, and as a caregiver himself he found the respite time something to treasure. Similarly, my close personal friend Bob who leads the “Bob and Mike in the morning” news hour on Tuesday’s has been a volunteer for five years. He tells the same story as Lindy after a family member attended our programs. This Navy Pilot veteran loves giving back and the Club members love him too. The Compass Club members are his friends.
In celebration of National Volunteer Month:
Spring into Spring and please join us at our Volunteer Fair, on Tuesday March 28th.
There is no commitment. But please come and check us out.
OPEN HOUSE 3:30 – 5 pm
Venue: Program Headquarters, 117 Wm Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
Memory Matters improves the quality of life for families and persons living with memory loss. We are volunteer-driven and need loving hands and hearts to help with our fun and active social-model day programs; Connections and Compass. You will have a blast while making friends and, very importantly, while making a difference! We also need office and kitchen volunteer support.
We will match your schedule and needs.
For more information, contact
Jan Smith at 843-842-6688, Ext. 1014
Please share this if you believe it would help someone. Call 1 843 842 6688 Memory Matters office for more information. It’s always confidential. We offer memory screening too. We are a phone call away here in your local community.