Making Life Better for Those With Alzheimer’s

Agnes and friends do puzzles at London's adult day care centre
by Linda Leigh
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An intelligent bookkeeper. A talented bowler. A bingo enthusiast. That’s the way Dave Yule remembers how his mother used to be.

Now at age 82, Agnes Yule suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Agnes attends the Adult Day Program at The Salvation Army's London Village five days a week. Brothers Dave and Brian Yule share the duties of dropping their mother off, picking her up and everything in between.

Although her days of bookkeeping at the London Club are behind her, Agnes has found other ways to appreciate life. At the Adult Day Program, she enjoys the music the most, tapping her feet and even dancing. Dave says as soon as they arrive at the Village, there’s an immediate improvement in her mood.

“When we pull into the Village, mom knows where she is and perks right up," says Dave. “I have no worries when dropping her off because I know she’s in good hands. This is her second home.”

Agnes has formed many friendships with other participants and the staff. You can often find her putting together a puzzle with her peers, chatting over a cup of coffee and, of course, dancing.

“They’re (the staff) fantastic," says Dave. "If it wasn’t for this program, I don’t know what we would do.”

The program has been a positive experience for the Yule family. “My mother was always there for us, and now it’s our turn to be there for her,” says Dave. “We’re going to continue to donate to the Adult Day Program even when our mother passes. This is her happy place.”

For more about the Adult Day Program visit: http://www.salvationarmyvillage.ca/

By Shannon Wise