Rotary project aims to improve life for Alzheimer’s, dementia families

TORRINGTON – They may be few, but a dedicated and ambitious Rotary group is out to make a positive change for local caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
With fewer than 10 members, the satellite group has taken on the responsibility of generating funds that will be used to make life easier for family and friends who devote time and energy to caring for loved ones afflicted with the disease.
“We’re passionate about this project and the need for it,” said Michel Traher, spokesperson for the Torrington Rotary members. “We all work, and most of us out of town, so we can’t make the regular Rotary Monday meetings,” she explained. “We have only about five real active members, and we meet at 5:30 at the Country Club, the first and third Thursdays of the month.”
Their current fund raising project is the 2nd Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Gathering that will be held 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Lincoln Community Complex on East D Street.
Heather Comstock of Sheridan, Wyoming, will tell how that community obtained a $900,000 grant to make it more Alzheimer’s and dementia friendly.
“Our satellite group’s goal is to create more and better domestic care, not only for the patients, but also for the caregivers,” Traher said, adding that about 50 people turned out for the 2016 event.
A light meal will be served, and free-will donations will to be used to improve Alzheimer’s respite care for Goshen
County families.

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