Westborough Senior Center receives donation of Alzheimer’s information basket

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Alma DeManche, director of the Westborough Senior Center accepts an Alzheimer’s information basket from Diane Tonelli, OTR/L, MSA CDP CADDCT and Doug Peck,  CSA CDP, of the Alzheimer’s Partnership of Metro West. (Photo/Bonnie Adams)

Westborough – Recently two members of the Alzheimer’s Partnership of Metro West,  Diane Tonelli,  OTR/L, MSA CDP CADDCT and Doug Peck,  CSA CDP, presented an Alzheimer’s information basket to Alma DeManche, director of the Westborough Senior Center.

The basket contains a number of resources providing information for both patients and caregivers as they face the myriad of changes and lifestyle impact of Alzheimer’s disease.  The Alzheimer’s Association information pamphlets and information cards touch on topics such as the 10 Warning Signs, Memory Problems, Communication, and more.  The books include Joanne Koenig Coste’s book “Learning to Speak Alzheimer’s” and Deborah Lynn’s book “On Angel’s Wings:  A Journey Through Alzheimer’s with My Mother.”

“We know it can be overwhelming for families, especially caregivers,” Tonelli said. “We hope that by providing these resources, it will help them as they face the challenge of taking care of their loved one.”

“Sometimes people don’t know where to turn when they need support and sometimes it just helps to know they are not alone – there is help available,” Peck added.

As the director of a very busy senior center, DeManche said the basket would serve a valuable purpose.

“We are very happy to have this donation,” she noted. “Anytime we have resources that we can offer to the community such as this we appreciate it.”

The basket will be located in a public room at the senior center (4 Rogers Rd.) – check at the front desk for more information.

The Alzheimer’s Partnership of Metro West is an alliance of health care and human service professionals and family members working to increase and improve local services through: education, coordination, development of new services, and advocacy. Each partnership works closely with the Alzheimer’s Association, helping the association to be more responsive to local needs.