George’s Hill gives those with memory problems, early dementia an opportunity to get out
Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, American Heart Month, Black History Month, Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and Super Bowl Sunday — who knew February had so much to offer?
In case they were in need of a refresher, the members of George’s Hill, a social engagement group for persons with memory problems or early dementia, were reminded at their monthly meeting at Unity Hill United Church of Christ on Feb. 11.
“A lot is happening in this little month,” joked the Rev. Todd Shipley as he wrote up all the key dates on a whiteboard that included all the birthdays that the group’s members, and their family members, celebrate during February.
George’s Hill has been meeting on the second Thursday of each month since November 2014.
Named after George Brezina, a veteran who took care of the church grounds before his death on Nov. 22, 2013, George’s Hill offers its members an opportunity to meet with other people with similar problems.
Beyond providing information, advice and emotional support for any persons with memory problems living in Fairfield County, the group likes to remind its members that early dementia doesn’t meant they have to give up activities they like to do.
That’s why Shipley engages the 30 or so members with memory exercises, like going over major holidays and birthdays.
However, the stimulating activities don’t stop there.
Questions range from “this date in history” to movie trivia. Those who respond correctly are rewarded with small party favors.
And after the minds are warmed up and the memory triggered some, the members enjoy a light lunch with some form of entertainment.
In February, the Coastal Chordsmen entertained the group members who made it out despite the harsh cold.
The group, which meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m at the church’s 364 White Plains Road location, works in partnership with local home health care agencies to provide this range of support.
“We want to attract people in the community who need help,” said Jeff Aube, who organizes the meetings with George Brezina’s daughter, Lori. “This is something that gives them the ability to get out and be active.”
The next meeting is on Thursday, March 10.
To register, call 203-374-8822 or email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.