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December 21, 2021

A safe space for those needing memory care

Excerpted from an article in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

For the full article, please see: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/a-safe-space-for-those-needing-memory-care/article_b8c0c798-5399-11ec-bc7a-07dbc9f7ddae.html

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........Life Circle New Mexico is looking to provide a designated, daytime place for people with dementia to go in Santa Fe — and an opportunity for their caregivers to unwind. The organization has 30 spots and offers full-day care for aging adults at a rate of $118 per day, with sliding scale options available for clients based on availability and financial need. The center will operate more like a preschool with a set schedule. The aim, is to keep a consistent day-to-day schedule to promote better cognitive health, while offering slight variations in programming to keep people stimulated. “Repetition with a twist of novelty,”

........In addition to art projects and exercise, such as “chair yoga” to promote core strength and help prevent falls, the Director wants to make music and dancing a strong part of clients’ day-to-day life. She’s ready with instruments. “One of the things that’s near and dear to my heart is music,” she said. “One of the last things for people to be able to participate in is music.”

........A major goal of the center, according to board member Cindy Rinaldi — a licensed clinical social worker with gerontology training — will be the free time it provides others. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are 108,000 unpaid family members caring for people with Alzheimer’s or another kind of dementia in New Mexico. Many of them, Rinaldi said, aren’t fully aware of how the diseases work or where to find resources to help. Others, she said, are part of the “sandwich generation” attempting to care for children and aging parents at the same time.

-------Prospective clients will go through an intake process to assess their physical and mental health along with cognitive ability. Those with severe dementia or Alzheimer’s may not be eligible for the setting, Blea said. 'People don’t realize how much they need something, sometimes, until they have it,'’ said activities director Lea VanMerkestyn of the center. 'I think we are going to have a huge waiting list.'

Life Circle Leases Hopewell Community Center to Launch Adult Day Services in Santa Fe

October 1, 2019

Life Circle has leased the Hopewell Community Center as a new home for the Hopewell Center for Healthy Aging, Adult Day Service program (HCHA-ADS) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults will be provided in a community-based group setting to adults 18 years and older. Fees will be on a sliding scale so services will be available regardless of one’s ability to pay. Plans currently call for operations to begin by early 2020. For more information, or to donate, please call 505 418-1300 or email Director@lifecirclenm.org.

November 28, 2018

Life CirclE Receives Grant of $6,900 from 100 Women who care santa fe to Help Launch Adult Day Services in Santa Fe

Life Circle (Share Your Care) Received a grant of $6,900 from 100 Women Who Care Santa Fe to Help Launch Adult Day Services in Santa Fe. Life Circle is partnering with Share Your Care of Albuquerque to start a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting. Adults 18 years and older with disabilities will also be served. Fees will be on a sliding scale so services will be available regardless of one’s ability to pay. Plans currently call for operations to begin by mid 2019. For more information, please visit www.LifeCircleNM.org.