Church ministry helps families navigate Alzheimer’s
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Giselle Hood
June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and volunteers at Tuscaloosa’s Christ Episcopal Church are doing their part to help local families.
On Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the church’s Connect ministry will host social and enrichment activities for members of the community with dementia-related diseases.
Volunteers organize a themed lunch, games, movement, and social activities for the participants. A support group is also offered for friends and family.
“We work out our brains, our bodies, we do service projects, and we have a great lunch together,” said Church Outreach Coordinator Katherine Gould.
Also, a worship service friendly for those with dementia-related illnesses is held once a month.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend, said Gould, “whether you attend Connect or not.”
The goal of the ministry is to help reduce the social isolation many people who suffer from Alzheimer’s experience. Gould explained that the ministry’s activities are open to everyone in the community, and encouraged people to spread the news about their efforts.
“Share this with your friends and family,” Gould said. “The volunteers go home full of joy and our friends go home exhausted and sleep well. It’s just a fabulous place to be.”
For more information on how to get involved in the ministry, you can visit christchurch1828.org.