The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded a $5,000 grant to Peachtree Christian Health, in Duluth, Georgia, to help fund a new, dementia-friendly “Open Neighborhood” Program for caregivers and their loved ones. The program, which will take place at the organization’s Life Enrichment Center, will provide a safe, engaging place for support, activities and socialization.

Christi Heidt, Program Director for Peachtree Christian Health, said “It is a privilege to work with our community to offer our ‘Open Neighborhood’ program as a safe place for caregivers to enjoy time with their loved ones participating in mind, body, and spirit activities. We hope this program facilitates the beginning of a movement within our community to improve how we all work together to better support our caregivers and their families.”

“Community-based programs which provide support and education to families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease are critically important as the prevalence of Alzheimer’s continues to grow,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer.  “We are proud to support Peachtree Christian Health in delivering much needed services to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease in the Atlanta metro-area.”

Peachtree Christian Health is a nonprofit organization that provides adult day and community programs designed to enrich lives and support families throughout their caregiving journeys.  The organization cares for individuals and their families, regardless of their ability to pay, by providing therapeutic activities and educational programs.  Art and exercise classes, entertainment programs, community exhibits, and a caregiver café are among the additional services the organization plans on adding. Funding will enable Peachtree to serve more people and support this new community program.  “Open Neighborhood” will include activities and services such as exercise, art, horticultural, and pet therapy as part of their wider adult day services program.  The adult day services program provides caregiver support, clinical and personal care, education, and physical, occupational and speech therapy.  The Open Neighborhood program will be open to individuals with dementia and their care partners.