Joanne Conlin

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Payson Senior Center to provide respite care services for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses.

The Senior Center was one of 15 organizations in nine states to receive grants as part of AFA’s Milton and Phyllis Berg Respite Care Grant program.

Grant funding will support the center’s respite care program, which provides a variety of services and stimulating activities to individuals living with Alzheimer’s, including exercise, music, and games, while giving caregivers a much-needed break. To further reduce caregiver stress, the center helps caregivers with funding, education, support, and access to community resources, along with legal, Medicare and Social Security assistance.

Joanne Conlin, board chair of the center, said, “Our caregivers and the Payson Senior Center are very grateful and appreciative for the support of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in their help to aid dementia caregivers by giving this funding for respite care. Caregiver support is critical overall for the well-being of the caregiver and their loved one they are caring for. Respite care gives the caregiver the ability to renew and stay healthy for their loved one. Thank you for helping our caregivers!”

“Payson Senior Center provides valuable services in the local community. It plays a vital role in improving the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “Their respite care program provides much-needed support to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. We are pleased to help them deliver these important services to family caregivers and their loved ones.”

“As the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease continues to grow, we need to remember that it has a tremendous impact not only on those living with the disease, but the caregivers as well,” said AFA Board Treasurer Barry Berg.

Caregivers who need information about respite care services can contact AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484 and speak with a licensed social worker, or connect through AFA’s website, The helpline is open daily.

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