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  • IEA Brain Health Club

    Purpose

    IEA Brain Health Club (IEA BHC) is designed to meet the social and emotional needs of adults with dementia and their caregivers. It provides activities and socialization opportunities outside the home in a safe and caring setting for older adults with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. IEA BHC offers care partners personal time away during the day to rest and take care of personal concerns. In addition, resource information and dementia education may be provided.

    Services Offered

    For the Adult Participant with Early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia:

    This program provides a safe, loving environment for the well-being of each participant. A variety of activities are designed to socially, creatively, intellectually, physically and spiritually stimulate the participants’ bodies and minds. Examples of some of these activities include group singing, arts and crafts, community service projects, reminiscing, exercise, games, puzzles, and socialization activities.

    For the Caregiver:

    This program provides respite (an interval of rest or relief) for the caregiver. It supports the efforts of the family to keep the loved one in the home. This program can also provide information regarding available community care and resources, Alzheimer’s information and caregiver education.

    Hours, Days of Operation

    IEA Brain Health Club will operate weekly on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 1-4 PM. Notification of closing on holidays or other times will be communicated to participants and caregivers in advance. For inclement weather, the program will contact caregivers by 11:00 am using the contact information provided if closing due to weather is necessary. The Program Director may be contacted for any questions as needed. Every effort will be made to alert participants of weather closings.

    Admission Criteria

    Admission into the program will be based on the initial interview with the director as well as the applicant’s ongoing ability to participate in a group setting. The following considerations are used when evaluating whether an applicant is capable of participation

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    Contact

    Stacey Brodie
    Stacey@pcmow.org
    864-507-2254

  • Healthy Homes

    Keep it Dry

    Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in roofing systems, rain water from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your interior plumbing for any leaking.

    Control the source of dust and contaminants, creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective wet-cleaning methods.

    Keep it Safe

    Store poisons out of the reach of children and properly label. Secure loose rugs and keep children’s play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers on hand.

    Keep it Well-ventilated

    Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens and use whole house ventilation for supplying fresh air to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.

    Keep it Pest-free

    All pests look for food, water and shelter. Seal cracks and openings throughout the home; store food in pest-resistant containers. If needed, use sticky-traps and baits in closed containers, along with least toxic pesticides such as boric acid powder.

    Keep it Contaminant-free

    Reduce lead-related hazards in pre-1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint, and keeping floors and window areas clean using a wet-cleaning approach. Test your home for radon, a naturally occurring dangerous gas that enters homes through soil, crawlspaces, and foundation cracks. Install a radon removal system if levels above the EPA action-level are detected. Read more

    Keep it Well-maintained

    Inspect, clean and repair your home routinely. Take care of minor repairs and problems before they become large repairs and problems.

    Source: US Department of Housing and Urban Development

    For more information on creating a healthy home, visit the Healthy Homes Partnership website at https://extensionhealthyhomes.org

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