On Monday March 31st the home school kids at our church gave a concert for The Club. The Club is a respite care program for adults with memory impairment. It gives their caregivers a chance to go to appointments, run errands or just catch their breath. God bless this ministry! There was nothing like this available, at any cost, when my Grandma Johnson had Alzheimer's. Being a caregiver is exhausting. When you add to it the grief and weariness of caring for someone you dearly love who no longer knows your name, it can feel unbearable!
After the concert and before the lunch we shared with everyone, there was exercise time. I don't know who this lady is, but she is good at her job and handled the kids so kindly, just going with the flow. J was crying because she got pushed out of a seat so the lady invited her up to sit on the piano bench. A then followed suit, because where one goes, there is the other! :o) I was surprised that J went because the whole thing with all the people was very overwhelming for her and several times I had to hold her and comfort her. But she responds well to kindness and individual attention and liked this lady. In this picture she is showing how to use the dynamic bands.
This picture shows the whole group of children. The adult clients were sitting in wheel chairs and chairs behind them.
Continuing with exercises!
The lady leading exercises asked the children to give ideas of what they wanted to do next for exercises. Most of the kids came up with great ideas, but had no awareness of how this might effect those in wheel chairs, using walkers and having limited mobility! :o) We all laughed when one girl suggested jumping jacks. The leader never missed a beat or made the girl feel silly. She just said, "Sure, show us" and the kids did jumping jacks and the leader used adaptive hand movements that could be done in from a chair.
After exercising, everyone enjoyed a nice lunch together and it was a really fun day. I hope we have opportunity to do this again.