Memory Lane A Place For Forgetful Seniors

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For years, the Gila Aging Service has offered case management services, respite care, prescription assistance and operated a medical equipment lending closet.

Now, it has added Memory Lane to its list of services available to elderly residents of the Rim country.

"Memory Lane is a place for people suffering from recent or ongoing memory problems," said Sherlyn Harris, manager of the program.

Located inside the Payson Senior Center, Memory Lane Day Activity program offers services such as exercise programs, music and entertainment, seasonal activities and personalized care, with meals and snacks included.

"We have received a Brookdale Foundation grant which we used as seed money for this project," Harris said.

Fees for the program are based on income, said area coordinator Janet Bleak.

"We do an intake screening when someone signs up for the program," she said. "Say the person is living on Social Security at $500 a month --usually people are on a fixed income --she might only pay 50 cents an hour instead of $5.25 an hour, or $25 a day."

Bleak said Gila Aging Services also accepts donations or "scholarships" to help cover costs of people in their programs.

In addition to the services offered, the staff at Memory Lane will also build a living history of the people in their care, to help preserve their memories, their families' memories and those of their community.

Memory Lane is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Senior Center. May 17 is the first day of the program.

To inquire about its services or to register for the Day Activity programs, call Gila Aging Services at 474-2154.

Gila Aging Services is a division of Catholic Social Services of Southern Arizona Inc.

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