Health Fair focuses on Alzheimer's

Marta Rodenhuis
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Seeing a loved one slip away to Alzheimer's can be devastating. It's even more challenging when you can no longer care for them at home.
Marta Rodenhuis was diagnosed nine years ago.She more recently moved to the Auguste's Cottage at the Washington Healthcare Center on the west side.    

Marta is 87, and some of her fondest memories are of polka dancing with her husband of 53 years.  

Her daughter says when she saw a full day schedule for patients at the healthcare center, she was relieved. "I like the activities," said Marta's daughter. "That was one of the things, because with mom being home, she didn't really do anything except sit on the couch watch TV and go to sleep. So we thought if we got her involved in something where she had other people around and activities, that she would be a lot better and we've noticed that she has done really well here." 

If you're dealing with a family member who has Alzheimer's, we invite you to our health fair this Saturday.  The focus is on providing information and resources for caregivers and those with disease. 

It's free, and runs from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Community Healthplex Sports Club at 3660 Guion Road.