The Dementia & Alzheimer’s Resource Committee supports caregivers and those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease through awareness, education, respite care grants, and resource referral.
We know that caring for someone with memory loss is often isolating. Bringing awareness to the disease and encouraging families to share their challenges and successes is essential. In 2015, we hosted the first annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Port Huron. We continue to celebrate the lives of those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease while bringing caregivers and their families together. This annual event held in September, has raised thousands of dollars to support research, education, and to provide respite grants for our local caregivers. Click here to view our upcoming events
People who provide care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias face many challenges. Family caregivers are often overwhelmed by this responsibility. One of the most effective ways to ensure optimal care for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is through caregiver education. Learning about the disease and knowing what to expect can help caregivers feel more in control. It is also important for caregivers to learn ways to manage stress and care for themselves while in the midst of caring for a loved one.
The first goal of this group was to create a pamphlet that would provide families information and resources that are available within our community.
The Dementia & Alzheimer’s Resource Committee provides educational programs featuring speakers that are leaders in the field of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We also support families by linking them to existing education and support programs offered throughout our community. Click here to view our upcoming events
Respite Care Grants
Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caring for a loved one. It also allows caregivers time to take care of errands while having comfort and peace of mind, knowing their loved one is safe. The DARC Respite Care Fund provides grants for respite care for caregivers in St. Clair County. Click here to learn more about respite care grants
Every person’s needs are unique when it comes to dementia and Alzheimer’s care. We can help provide resources and referrals including:
- Support Groups
- Legal Matters
- Caregiver Support
- Adult Day Programs
- In-Home Care
- Residential Care
The Dementia & Alzheimer’s Resource Committee is committed to improving the lives of those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and to support their families. We are here to help.
- Ascension River District Hospital—Kristen Azzinaro
- Council on Aging—Brian Larsen
- Lake Huron Medical Center—Rosemary Hunger
- McLaren Port Huron—Kelly DiNardo
- St. Clair County Community Mental Health—Debra Johnson
- St. Clair County Health Department—Annette Mercatante, M.D.
- Visiting Nurse Association—Mary Beth Fleury
- Ted Barss, Public Citizen/Caregiver
- Michelle Bezemek, Marwood Nursing & Rehab
- Susan Casadei, Harbor Health Home Care
- Marcia Haynes, Public Citizen/Caregiver
- Dr. Douglas Krause, Medical Professional
- Joan Pope, Beacon Home Care
- President—Mary Beth Fleury, Visiting Nurse Association
- Vice President—Rosemary Hunger, Lake Huron Medical Center
- Treasurer—Brian Larsen, Council on Aging
- Secretary—Kelly DiNardo, McLaren Port Huron