Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area is expanding its services in Gonzales soon with the opening of Charlie's Place II Respite and Activity Center.

The center will provide care in a homelike setting for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related disorders, a news release said.

Charlie’s Place II Respite and Activity Center is scheduled to open in early April on Purpera Road in The Arc of East Ascension’s building.

The respite care program will begin operations two days per week, six hours per day, the release said. The center will offer a "purposeful day out for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s affected individuals, as well as provide a much-needed break for their caregivers," the release said.

A four-time recipient of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Excellence in Dementia Care Distinction, the original Charlie’s Place, on North Boulevard in Baton Rouge, has provided socialization and engaging activities since it opened in 2007.

Area physicians at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital have repeatedly identified respite care as a serious community need, the release said.

Charlie’s Place II already has the help and support of many people, organizations and companies, including the Lamar-Dixon Foundation, which has pledged $100,000 of matching funds to inspire other foundations and donors in support of the center.

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is a local non-profit organization that provides education and support programs to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in 10 parishes surrounding the greater Baton Rouge area, including Ascension, Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena.

Alzheimer’s Services is not affiliated with a national organization, which allows all funds raised to support families in the local community, the release said. For more information about on programs and fees, visit www.alzbr.org or call (225) 334-7494.