The GEM Center, Inc. The GEM Report March 2006 2 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: ◊ Help for missing Elders GEM HAS FOUND A NEW HOME! We are meeting at HIS DREAM CENTER in Gail’s GEM Notes Nags Head. Thanks to the help of some very special people, Donn Snyder for r e l e n t l e s s l y aided us in our search. searching for a home us and Pastor Daniels for We are enjoying our welcoming us. We new home as it offers especially want to thank us the opportunity to and the Town of Nags provide more programs Head. We are very for our “Silver Adults” grateful to them all and those who are frail and countless others who with disabilities and the ones who care for them. Cookies and Carols our Christmas Party offered Great Music by Reunion, Angelo and Nick. The refreshments prepared by our GEM family were delicious and the presents lovingly wrapped by our participants, and joyfully delivered by Michael a 4 year old were well received. See Page 3 ◊ Calendar ◊ Gail’s Notes continued 3 3 3 I I 4 ◊ GEM Volunteers ◊ ◊ Party Schedule Invitation ◊ Training makes a Difference! ◊ Save the Date! 3 The GEM Center A specialized local non-profit providing: ♦ ♦ VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please Consider Joining our GEM Family The best gift for Naomi this year was given to her by Rising Wave a local singing group as they entertained us this holiday season. Nancy Burn held out her hand to Naomi as they sang. Naomi founder of the local singing group “Echoes of Heritage” clasped that hand and Joined them singing with all her heart! Naomi was for a moment whole and in the spotlight again. This is a gift that cannot be bought but gave us all such joy as we listened to those beautiful voices singing carols. The JOY of Knowing You make a Difference is what volunteering at GEM is about! Give yourself the gift of giving to others and join our GEM Family this New Year. For Volunteer opportunities call: Gail at 252/480-3354 Education and training for all caregivers Restorative Care for people with memory loss or other cognitive losses.. We care for adults over 18 who are able to benefit from therapeutic activities and who are at risk when left unattended and pose no danger to themselves or others. Advocacy for caregivers and people with dementia. ♦ ♦ New Supports for Families Silver Alert Project Lifesaver Medic Alert NC Launches Silver Alert Program -Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Bryan Beatty today launched North Carolina’s new Silver Alert program to help locate adults with dementia or other cognitive impairment who go missing. Based on the Cognitive Impairment Assistance Law passed earlier this year, the Silver Alert program builds upon the success of the state’s AMBER Alert system by using various resources to rapidly notify the public about the missing endangered adult. The Center for Missing Persons activates a Silver Alert at the request of the local law enforcement agency, once they have determined that all necessary criteria have been met. Criteria include: 1.the person is 18 years or older; 2.the person is believed to be suffering from dementia or other cognitive impairment; 3.the person is believed to be missing (regardless of circumstance) 4. a legal custodian of the missing person (which can be a caregiver) has filed a missing person’s report with the local law enforcement agency, and 5. the local law enforcement agency has investigated and notified the Center. For more info visit www.nccrimecontrol.org Project Lifesaver International, the worlds most reliable program for locating missing persons, providing safety through a proven, rapid response system with the most practical, affordable and successful solution for bringing loved ones home and peace of mind to the care givers. For in depth information visit www.projectlifesaver.org To access information locally you may call the non-emergency response number 473-3444 and mention the area where you live and request the Project lifesaver officer to call you. To me this is the most effective program for people with memory loss, especially if your family member wanders into un-populated areas. Medic Alert and the Alzheimer's Association have formed an alliance, Creating Medic Alert + Safe Return this offers the best of both worlds: 1. Assistance when a person wanders or is lost; 2. Access to vital medical information in the time of need When the person wanders or becomes lost, one call immediately activates a community support network to help reunite the lost person with his or her care partner. When the person is found a citizen or law official calls the tollfree 24 hour number on the identification product and the individual’s family or care partner are contacted. The nearest ALZ ASSOC (1-800- 228-8738) office provides support during, or after search and rescue efforts. In addition, should medical attention be required, access to a personal health record is immediately available. Enrollment package: For $49.95 with an annual renewal fee provides a kit that includes: 1. Medic alert identification bracelet or pendant; 2. Wallet card; 3. Six steps to "safe return" magnet; 4. Personal health record summary; 5. Alz Assoc information card To enroll contact the chapter at 919-832-3732 or 919 228-8738 *Eastern Chapter of the ALZ association (fall 2007 newsletter) Chief Phillip Ferguson Duck Police Chief and Morse Morse is a bloodhound and if your loved one wanders and you haven’t yet tied into the above systems Chief Ferguson & Morse will come to your aid. You can call the Duck police at 261-1112. We at GEM are looking forward to visiting with them. Page WINTER 2008 Page 3 We wish to thank all of these wonderful people who make GEM so very special! ♥ Pastor Daniels, Patty & Jim Hearn for making us to welcome at His Dream Center ♥ Donn Snyder for finding us our new home! ♥ Cliff Ogburn: for personally providing transportation to the Baum Center’s 20th anniversary E ♥ John De La Vaga on-going painting classes ♥ James Melvin for his poinsettia painting class ♥ The Outer Banks Woman’s Club for our Christams party and very welcome gifts ♥ Reunion especially Jim Kelly for the music and his generous donation to GEM ♥ Rev. Pat Haresh of the Unitarian Churh for spending time with us ♥ Rev. Wilson of ALL Saints for always finding time for us! ♥ Our Bridge Club Rosie, Sally, Kaye & Ginny & Pat ♥ Rev. Brunk of Manteo Presbyterian ♥ Rev. Gill of St. Andrews for his visits ♥ Janet Kott for pretty piano music Rising Tide ♥ Faith Pilcher for sharing her skills & expertise ♥ Arlene Price for her skill in leading games ♥ Servant Ministry of All Saints Church for their continuing support ♥ Gail Leonard for shoppping for us ♥ Vera Berg for cooking us delicous meals ♥ Con Weltman for taking us around the world ♥ Michelle Warner for the delicous chili ♥ Sargent Eilert - of the Nags Head Police Dept. ♥ Shirley Fisher for our wonderful Friday Lunches And especially for our staff ♥ Jeanine Mixon, ♥ June Hess ♥ Dylan Save the Date: April 21, 2008 our second conference on the “New Directions in Long Term Care” Join us at His Dream Center for the latest need to know information! Gail’s Notes continued Calendar Jan 10- Caregiver Support Group 7pm * Jan 16th - New Years Celebration 2PM * Feb 13 - Hearts & Flowers Party 2pm * Feb 14 - Caregivers Support Group 7pm * Mar - 12 Shamrocks & Songs 2pm * Mar 13 - Caregivers Support Group 7pm Our Next Event will be a Celebration of the New Year on Wednesday January 16th at 2pm. This party is open to all “Silver Seniors” and people who are visually impaired. We hope you will join us in a safe and friendly environment for people with disabilities and their care partners. We will have entertainment, refreshments and door prizes. Call Gail or Jeannine at 480-3354 to register. We are planning a Celebration for each month our next one will be a Valentines Day Celebration Hearts & Flowers on Wednesday February 13th 2pm at His Dream Center. If you would like to be a part of these celebrations by providing music or another form of entertainment please call. Craft idea’s that will make a great gift are also welcome! Volunteers are very welcome, we will match your skills and abilities to meaningful activities that support our programs. Join us in “Celebrating Life Every Day“ NON-PROFIT Postage Permit #150 Southern Shores, NC 27949 PO Box 3601, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Phone: 252-480-3354 Fax: 252-480-0359 T h e G E M C e n t e r, I n c. “Celebrating Life Every Day.” www.gemdayservices.org High School Students learn to make a Difference in Elder Care GEM Adult Day Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides services for individuals with various disabilities, their families, and the community. Its services include care giving, education, training, and family support. This organization, run by Gail Sonnesso, MS is a true asset to the Dare County Community and surrounding communities. As part of its community outreach, Mrs. Sonnesso and The GEM Center has provided dementia training for Currituck County High School’s Nurse Aide students for the past four years. This training has been exceptionally valuable in preparing my students to more effectively work with patients diagnosed with diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is so frequently misunderstood, often resulting in mislabeling of individuals as “stubborn” or “combative”. Consequently, mistreatment of these individuals by their caregivers is sometimes the result. The goal of this training is to prevent this mislabeling and mistreatment especially by those providing direct patient care in health care facilities. Last school year, in addition to the training class, my students and I were invited by Mrs. Sonnesso and her staff to visit The GEM Center. Through this experience, we were able to enhance our training and participate in activities with the participants. This was an extraordinary educational experience for my young students considering a health care career. It showed these young students a compassionate and effective approach to caring for patients suffering with dementia. GEM Adult Day Services, Inc. uses the motto “Celebrating Life Every Day”. I believe their approach to adult care proves they do indeed provide the kind of care that gives senior citizens the opportunity to do just that. Sincerely, Katrina Forbes BSN,RN, Health Occupations Educator Currituck High School.
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