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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County added a new location for its Caring for the Caregiver social respite program in Gifford, located at Macedonia Baptist Church, 4360 30th Ave., in Vero Beach.
The new weekly program will run on Thursdays, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Theresa Baxter, who will be assisted by volunteers from the Gifford community, will lead the new social respite group. The nonprofit organization is currently seeking participants for the free program.
The locally based Caring for the Caregiver program is designed to allow caregivers time to take care of themselves, to attend appointments, social outings, exercise or just have some quality down time.
It is supported through a grant from the John's Island Community Service League and a local philanthropist.
In addition to the Gifford location, social respite programs are also conducted five mornings a week at the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association activities center in Vero Beach and Monday mornings at the Roseland Community Center.
The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County is not an affiliate of a national organization. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that is 100 percent supported through generous donations derived from grants, events, individuals and businesses.
Programs are designed for those challenged by disorders affecting memory and movement, such as essential tremors, stroke, autism, lewy bodies and others.
Services provided to area residents include support groups, a lending library resource center, monthly program meetings, caregiver training, Project Lifesaver tracking bracelets, respite programs, an activity center, weekly exercise classes and memory screening.
For more information, visit www.alzpark.com or call (772)563-0505.