Eyes filled with tears as one of our treasured Aloha Day Club members, Grace Devereux, shared this prayer poem she wrote. Not often are we rendered speechless, but this affected us all.
Written by Grace Devereux (Aloha Day Club Member Oct 2009)
Testimonials from Caregivers
April 27, 2013
Dawn & Nancy,
Thanks for "handling" the birthday cake for momma. She has such a good time at ALOHA. Thanks for all the work that is put into your program.
Love, Dana Lingerfelt
Dawn and her staff, most of which are volunteers, are very genuine in providing care including activities to help my father-in-law continue to enjoy & improve his life as he ages. Prior to enrolling in Dawn’s program, Harvey was not very responsive in communication or doing anything, just sitting, sleeping and eating. After attending the day care program, Harvey is more full of life, smiles and conversation. He now has an attitude that is positive thanks to Dawn, her program and the volunteers that make it happen.
~ Reece C., Caregiver for father-in-law (Mt. Bethel Member)
I found out about ALOHA through an internet search. The program is a best kept secret. My mother needed day activities. She is 85, lives alone and stopped driving last year. Consequently she had lost contact with friends and depended on me primarily for her activities and interactions. I work full time. When I got off of work mother wanted to go. Sigh! I was seeking and needing support and understanding, but was not ready for traditional ADULT DAY CARE.
ALOHA is a GOD SEND and has really been beneficial for my mother. Since beginning the program in February her cognitive and social skills have improved tremendously. She has an activity all her own which she looks forward to every week and she even has her own transportation to get her there. What a life saver.
The staff and volunteers have been such a positive influence and she feels as if she has a new set of friends. They care for her and she knows it. I cannot say enough good things about the ALOHA program. Without this weekly activity, my mother’s quality of life would be lacking. And as time goes on and her needs change I hope that ALOHA will be able to allow her to attend more often.
In concluding, I would also like to recognize the role that ALOHA plays in providing support and education for caregivers. I have not been able to participate in many of these activities because of my employment, but I do know that support is there and that I can call on Dawn Reed and other of her staff when I do have a need and that they will point me in the right direction.
I feel blessed to be where we are – in good hands with such experience and care – what a resource!
~ Diane R., Caregiver for mother
This is the third senior care facility Pat Teagle (our mother/mother-in-law) has attended in the last 5 years, having moved from NJ to GA. The NJ facility was privately run by a large corporation and the previous GA facility was a county sanctioned facility. She has told us more than once that Aloha to Aging is the best of the three (the county’s facility being a big disappointment) and she looks forward to attending each time. We can also see an improvement in her emotional health as a result of her attendance.
~ Andy & Jennifer H.
After searching for quite some time, I have found this to be the only affordable, high quality respite care program in our geographic area (Cobb County, Georgia) and a much needed service.
~ Beth S.
“This program has been a true blessing for my Mom and our entire family. Each time she comes home, she tells us, "I don't remember the details...but I sure had a good time!" The smile on her face (and the happy disposition she maintains long after her visit to the Aloha program) let us know that she really enjoys the activities and interaction. Thank you, Dawn and all the Aloha volunteers!”
“My father enjoys the social interaction the Aloha Day Club provides. When I pick him up, he gets in the car singing and smiling! It’s the one place he can be himself and not my father who needs to be cared for.”
Support Group Testimonials
“The caregivers support group has been very helpful to me as I care for my husband who has Alzheimer’s. The 6-week class I attended also helped me find ways to deal with stress in daily caregiving.”
“I have a 91-year-old mother with Alzheimer's in an assisted living facility near our home. I also have a 78-year-old husband who has been diagnosed with Frontal, Temporal Dementia and still lives at home. I have been attending a support group which I enjoy very much. It is a chance to get away and to spend time with people who can actually carry on a conversation. I look forward to the day.”
“Almost 2 years ago, I passed a sign outside a local church building indicating that a monthly caregiver group meeting was being held inside. I had been dealing with my beloved Mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s for quite some time and was at a very low point myself; heartbroken, in fact. My impromptu decision to attend the group turned out to be a true Godsend for me. While I cried throughout the entire meeting, I was received with much needed empathy, support and knowledge. This group became a real lifeline for me in moving to greater acceptance of the realities of the situation and devising positive approaches for improving the life of my loved one and myself. The importance of our group leader, Dawn Reed, to this experience cannot be overemphasized. Having been dealing with “experts” in this field for quite some time, she was truly a breath of fresh air. Her extensive knowledge is coupled with a deep dedication and caring for this population; a combination I feel is desperately needed in this area.”