The Sunshine Club is a life-enhancing resource for local families living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The Sunshine Club provides a day group for people with memory loss disease, offering respite for families or friends who are full-time caregivers. It’s a place where families can help their loved ones socialize, be active, share a sense of community and enjoy themselves.

However, the onset of COVID-19 forced the in-person meetings to move online. All participants were given an iPad and the opportunity to gather online five times a week. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning they can exercise together. Music is offered on Wednesday afternoons, and Friday is bingo. Each participant received a CD and a booklet for the Wednesday sing-alongs, as well as weights and a ball for exercise.

A special thank you goes to Tonya DeHart, program manager for the Sunshine Club, whose passion for the program has not diminished. The Sunshine Club provides caregivers with a break and brings incredible joy to participants and their families. We are all looking forward to when the group can meet in person again as COVID precautions allow.

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