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Friday, August 22, 2014

Jo Ann O'Quin

Letters to the Editor

The board of directors of Respite Day Services of Oxford and staff of Memory Makers write to thank all of the volunteers and others who help give “rest-breaks” to local caregivers. (April 25, 2013, Page 4A)

Caregivers get better idea of life of those they love

A Virtual Dementia Tour, sponsored by Emeritus and the University of Mississippi Department of Social Work, was held at Emeritus Wednesday for the public. Read about the tour and experiences from those who went through it in today’s Oxford Living. (March 29, 2013, Page 1B)

Memory Makers to expand

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month so it’s a great time to honor those afflicted with the disease or some other form of dementia as well those who care for them by helping Oxford’s Memory Makers Respite Care Program continue to expand through donations. (November 21, 2011, Page 1A)

Local services available for Alzheimer’s patients

May is Older Americans Month and as Oxford continues to grow as a retirement community, medical and support services continue to be an issue. Several programs are available in Oxford for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. (May 18, 2011, Page 2)

Respite care gives caregivers well-deserved break

The Memory Makers respite care  program began in October after Dianne Arnold, an Alzheimer’s trainer for the Division of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, teamed up with Jo Ann O’Quin, a University of Mississippi social work professor and the founding member of the local Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary in February.

The participants start their day at Memory Makers with coffee or tea and a small snack. On Thursday, it was banana nut bread. The group gathers around a table along with the program volunteers to sing songs, tell stories about their past or play trivia games. (January 28, 2011, Page 1B)

Caretakers soon to get well-deserved break

Details of a new nonprofit day program, Memory Makers,  for victims of dementia were unveiled Tuesday during a ceremony at the University Museum in honor of World Alzheimer’s Day.

The respite care program will  be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. The cost is $20 a day.

For more information, e-mail oxfordrespite@ms.metrocast.net. (September 22, 2010, Page 1)

UM chancellor’s wife to speak on caregiving

Lydia Jones wants other caregivers to know they aren’t alone.
Jones will be the keynote speaker at Friday’s Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively Fair during a workshop at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)

Give & receive

The crowds come early to The Pantry’s Empty Bowls fundraiser, one of the most popular annual events in the community. Potter Ron Dale, who brought the concept to The Pantry, says it’s proven to be the kind of gathering everything is able to take part in. (February 12, 2010, Page 1B)

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