Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is holding several events, including A Day of Memories on Sunday at Perkins Rowe, to mark November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.
A Day of Memories is an awareness event meant to provide those with Alzheimer’s disease and their families a dementia-friendly space to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment.
According to Alzheimer’s Services, the event is the first of its kind, and, as dementia-friendly communities become more and more popular on a national and global scale, could be the first step in that direction for Baton Rouge.
The Sunday event at the shopping center at Perkins Road and Bluebonnet Boulevard begins at 12:30 p.m. with live music by Blu Rouge.
At 2 p.m., “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will be showing at Cinemark Perkins Rowe, and the live music begins again at 3 p.m. with Ron Pennington. At 5 p.m., a “Remember the Memories” candle-lighting ceremony will be held. Miniature flashlights will be provided.
Open to the public and free, Perkins Rowe will provide a safe place managed by understanding employees and patrons, according to Alzheimer’s Services.
For more information, contact Alzheimer’s Services at (225) 334-7494.
Other events scheduled in November include:
7 p.m., Nov. 4 — Baton Rouge Community College, 201 Community College Drive, will host a free showing of “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” in its Magnolia Theatre.
This moving documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he uses music to unlock memory in nursing home patients with Alzheimer’s disease. A question-and-answer panel discussion will follow with Dana Territo, Dr. Jeffery Keller and others. Social work CEUs will be available. Free and open to the public.
10:30 a.m. social followed by 11 a.m. program, Nov. 9 — Alzheimer’s Services hosts Arts and Alzheimer’s Fall into Music at the Hartley/Vey Workshop Theatre at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will facilitate a music enhancement program with guided listening and active participation in exploring music around the world. This program is for caregivers and their loved ones. Space is limited and parking is available at the Convention Street garage. Registration is required by calling Dana Territo at (225) 334-7494.
Noon, Nov. 18 — Alzheimer’s Services hosts Lunch-N-Learn: Baton Rouge, “Dementia Capable Care, the Best Abilities Approach” at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, abilities deteriorate, including a person’s capacity to perform activities necessary to live independently. Anxiety, irritability, anger, aggression and withdrawal can be a result of the recognition that one’s abilities are deteriorating. While this trend cannot be reversed, a person’s quality of life may be prolonged by assisting the individual.
Designed for activity coordinators, this workshop will provide tools for interacting with those who have Alzheimer’s disease more effectively. The session is free and includes a light lunch.
CEUs are available for activity directors and social workers.
Registration is required and is available online at alzbr.org.
For more information about these programs, contact Alzheimer’s Service’s Katherine Schillings at (225) 334-7494 or email email@example.com.