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New Mosaic program to offer Alzheimer's help

Starting in 2011, Mosaic will be offering a new program for senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease and intellectual disabilities. The program, called Legacy Senior Services, will be offered five days a week for people 55 and older.

Date: 6/2/2010

Posted by Mosaic on 6/3/2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Garden City Telegram




There’s a need for the new service in Garden City because seniors with Alzheimer’s and those with intellectual disabilities often get placed in nursing homes prematurely, said Debbie Reynolds, executive director of Mosaic.

The program combines two existing models of care, including retirement programs for people with intellectual disabilities and adult day care centers.

The program will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting Jan. 1, 2011. Reynolds said the program will operate much like a senior center would, with seniors participating in leisure and memory activities. Current events and other topics will be discussed throughout the day, Reynolds said. Medication will administered on site, and meals will provided.

Mosaic received a $350,000 federal grant form the Administration on Aging for the program. The grant was sponsored in legislation by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback.

Reynolds said the new program will employ seven additional people at Mosaic. During the first year of the program, Legacy Senior Services will serve 26 seniors, and during the second year it till serve 40.

The grant Mosaic received is for one year, and Reynolds said Mosaic is looking to lease a building for the program, and that a new facility for Legacy Senior Services. She said Mosaic will begin hiring additional staff for the program in October and will start developing its curriculum.

Reynolds said seniors in the program will have to submit an application and can use the program as much or as little as they want.

Legacy Senior Services will not only help seniors with intellectual disabilities and those with Alzheimer’s, but caretakers also will benefit from the service, Reynolds said.

“It will bring respite and peace of mind to current caregivers,” Reynolds said. “It’s about respecting all elders in the community, and allowing them to have meaningful life.”

Barbara Jensen, executive director of the Senior Center of Finney County, said she is glad the service is being offered. She said people who serve as caregivers for relatives often suffer from the  pressures of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

“You are on alert 24 hours a day,” Jensen said. “It’s very difficult to have any personal time. Having an adult day care in town would be a wonderful benefit to those people who are adult care givers.”

For more information about Legacy Senior Services, contact Reynolds at 275-9189, extension 303.