Respite Ministry providing fun for Alzheimer's patients

Updated: Jun. 27, 2017 at 11:40 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A day full of sports, singing, and arts and crafts, sounds like a fun kids camp but this is for seniors dealing with memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.

It's a program called Respite Ministry and it started in Montgomery a few years ago.

"We do arts, singing, games, anything to stimulate their minds and memory," said Laura Selby with Respite Ministry.

The program runs four days a week out of First United Methodist Church in Montgomery. With only a few paid employees the program relies on its more than 125 volunteers.

"When you volunteer you think you're coming to do something for someone else but it really turns out that we are the ones enriched," said Respite volunteer Charlotte Goodwyn.

So far the program seems to be a big success.

"You can see the light in people's eyes, the smiles, and the connection they make," said Goodwyn.

"It's growing day by day and we are so fortunate to be able to help these families," said Selby.

What started in Montgomery is now in Birmingham, Dothan, Auburn, and could soon be in Atlanta. The program is Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you're interested in the program or would like to volunteer we have a link to their Facebook page.

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