UM’s memory program for people with dementia hopes to raise $ 10,000 on Giving Blueday

ANN ARBOR – Silver Club Memory Programs has been providing activities and socialization for people with mild to moderate dementia for 23 years.

As part of Michigan Medicine’s Geriatrics Center community programs, the Silver Club was forced to cease operations as soon as the coronavirus pandemic occurred. The program closed in person in March and staff were quickly mobilized to offer interactive virtual activities such as virtual trips around the world, trivia and sing-a-longs to their members.

“We’ve been able to maintain our relationships and give our members the opportunity to socialize and have fun from home,” said Shannon Etcheverry, director of the Silver Club, in a statement. “The past year has reinforced the notion that connection and socialization are critical to a good life, especially for people with dementia.”

The Silver Club reopened in February and offers fitness, music, games, arts and discussion activities to its limited membership. In addition to its dementia programming, it also offers mild memory loss programs that focus on creative expression, education, and companionship.

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Silver Club members attend a variety of programs. (Silver Club)

“I like Silver Club because they are all nice people. I like to be there and I like to laugh, ”said Frank Eagle, member of the Silver Club.

“I want to express how much Silver Club has enriched the lives of Frank and me,” said his wife, Mary. “He spent three years developing new friendships and joy. These are truly caring, professional staff who not only help clients like my husband keep in touch, keep connected and be as productive as possible in our new life. And in this process has brought me confidence and calm. “

Silver Club hopes to raise $ 10,000 on Giving Blueday, the University of Michigan’s annual fundraising day that begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on March 10.

“Many of the programs featured do not have a strong group of annual supporters and work with philanthropic funds,” said Hannah Runge, assistant director of digital fundraising, in a statement. “With Blueday, the fundraiser across campus, these programs can raise awareness of their mission and impact to attract more supporters.”

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