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Health News & Note; Week of May 18

May 18, 2016
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

*** Senior Companion Program seeks volunteers

The Senior Companion Program, where volunteers provide companionship and friendship to frail elderly individuals who are homebound and generally living alone. is seeking volunteers.

Seniors who volunteer receive:

* Tax-free Stipend of $2.65/hr.

* Mileage reimbursement of $.40/mile

* Paid Holiday, Vacation, & Sick leave

Other Benefits:

* Achieving a sense of personal satisfaction;

* Helping other and giving back to the community;

* Learning new skills and discovering new interests;

* Developing a deeper understanding of people;

* Keeping busy and making new friends;

*?Having excess liability insurance coverage while on duty;

* Create more fun in your life;

* Improve your health;

* Recognition

To qualify, volunteers must be 55 and older, able to volunteer at least 15 hours per week and meet financial eligibility requirements.

Contact Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc., 2607 Dr. Ella Piper Way, FL 33916, 332-5346 Fax: 332-7815

*** New caregiver support group

The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center has announced the addition of a new caregiver support group in Cape Coral.

This new group meets the third Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Grace Church, 13 SE 21st Place, Cape Coral. Respite is provided at the church, by a licensed healthcare professional along with trained volunteers, for your loved one with memory impairment, while you attend the support group with its licensed clinical social worker. Respite for your loved one includes important socialization, music, art and on occasion pet therapy. Snacks are also provided. Grace Church has offered to provide respite at no cost.

The caregivers support group meetings provides an opportunity for caregivers to meet others who are facing similar challenges related to Alzheimer's disease and other neurocognitive disorders (dementias), discuss effective coping strategies, and other pertinent caregiving issues. Educational material and community resources are also available.

If you would like to participate in this group and use the respite program, contact the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center at (239) 437-3007.



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