NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
This fun, non-profit, daytime memory care celebrates the strengths and commonalities of those living with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive challenges, bringing affordable client-centered care to Eastside families dealing with dementia. “Members” attend a small, fun social group up to 3 days a week Mon/Wed/Fri from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Meeting space is provided by Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish.
This is the third such program to be opened by Executive Director Karen Koenig, with locations in Kirkland and Carnation. Members have a place to go besides home to meet for conversation, arts, exercise and lunch in a safe, supportive space while providing time off for family caregivers to renew their energies. It can make a significant difference for those living with communication challenges and the people who care for them. It can also mean keeping loved ones at home longer and avoiding institutional alternatives and reducing the emotional and financial costs that families bear. By working with community agencies, churches and senior centers to donate or share services at reduced rates, Old Friends Club is able to keep costs down to about half of what homecare might cost, and a fraction of nursing care. The program relies on key staff and trained volunteers to promote a culture of kindness and a fun attitude that has been the trademark of the Old Friends Club. To register, donate or volunteer, please contact Director of Programming & Caregiver Support Susanne Rossi. 425-681-9776 x1.