VALDOSTA -- A local senior living facility will soon open its arms to individuals who care for the needs of loved ones with deteriorating intellectual faculties.

Langdale Place will host its first caregiver support group at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 12. Anyone who attends to the needs of someone with a loss of memory, concentration, or judgment should attend this meeting, which will help them find understanding, wisdom and support, said Angie Kufrovich, activities director.

Nancy Goode with the Alzheimer's Association -- a voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for the disease -- will be the featured speaker. Refreshments will be served.

Kufrovich said the caregiver support group will meet on a monthly basis, offering both information and an opportunity to discuss personal concerns. She said it will provide an opportunity for caregivers throughout Valdosta and the surrounding area to meet and interact with others dealing with similar circumstances.

Langdale Place's caregiver support group will be in addition to the one offered at noon on the third Wednesday of each month through The Alzheimer's Day Care Program. Soon to be renamed My Friend's House, Dr. Dorothy Dye, director, said her group also offers participants the opportunity to learn from both experts and other caregivers.

"There's a real need for these groups," Kufrovich said. "People are living longer and dementia is becoming more prevalent."

Affiliated with South Georgia Medical Center, Langdale Place is located at 2720 Windermere Drive. It can be reached by calling (229) 247-4300.

The Alzheimer's Day Care Program

Valdosta State University's Division of Social Work, the First Christian Church of Valdosta, and the Southeast Georgia Regional Development Center's Area Agency on Aging formed The Alzheimer's Day Care Program a few years ago. Offering services from 8:30 am. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, its staff promotes physical and mental stimulation through activities, like music and exercise, for those with dementia.

Dye said The Alzheimer's Day Care Program provides caregivers a dependable and safe place for their loved ones with dementia to stay during the day. She said individuals can participate in the program as often as they wish, for as long as they wish, during operating hours.

"Our numbers are growing," she said. "Our program has been very well-received by the community."

The Alzheimer's Day Care Program is located at 1905 N. Patterson St. in the large white house adjacent to First Christian Church. It can be reached by calling (229) 244-3044.

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