First United Methodist Church of Long Beach starts program for adults with cognitive issues

First United Methodist Church of Long Beach will soon begin a new program for adults who live with certain cognitive issues.

Members of the church stumbled upon a church in Montgomery, Alabama who used this program called the ‘side by side respite program’ and decided to implement it into their own church.

The program’s mission is to enhance the lives of adults living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and other cognitive diseases.

Adults in the program will be able to participate in a variety of activities including music, exercise, pet therapy, gardening, and more.

Care takers will also be able to use this time off for themselves.

The program was supposed to begin at the beginning of 2020, but COVID delayed it. Co-Coordinator Cathy Broadway said, “I know what the program can be for our community and I want to be part of bringing that to our community and bringing joy back into the lives of others.”

Co-Coordinator Peggy Powell said, “We have been working on this for 2 years and its finally going to happen. October the 12th is going to be our first day and we’re just beside ourselves. We’re so excited.”

The free program will begin on October 12th at 208 Pine Street and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn how to apply by calling First United Methodist Church of Long Beach at 228-863-9619.

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