Local Poet, Author and Volunteer, Helen L. Duschene writes poem on a day at Day Away

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From L-R, Volunteer Bette Libby, Helen Duschene, participants Barbara, Sheila and Florence

Every Thursday Caregivers bring
Their loved ones for a day of play
At Day Away.

Greeted with a smile from volunteers,
We visit for awhile.  Together we sing
Songs listen to poetry, create crafts.

Participants and volunteers
Become one in friendship
As we share stories of our children,
Hobbies, jobs, interests and joy.

Our hearts are a little warmer,
A little kinder, and a little stronger
After a day at Day Away

Helen L. Duschene, August 2016
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About Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or Dementia

Respite for Family/Caregivers Day Away is a great way for caregivers to take a break. Day Away is designed to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for our participants to help maintain their independence, encourage socialization, be mentally stimulated and remain active. We want to lighten your load. Trained volunteers and an RN director are here to provide 1-1 supervision for your loved one. The day passes quickly and is filled with failure-free activities and much joy for both the participants and volunteers. Day Away is nondenominational and open to all families and caregivers who feel the need for respite and relief from constant care and responsibility.
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