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History


UMCASG was founded in 2014 by President, Eric Royes.

On June 2014 I attend the Florida United Methodist Annual Conference in Lakeland, FL. The second day’s activities included an optional break-out session about that unfamiliar word, “Alzheimer’s.”
Out of curiosity, I decided to sit in on the one hour workshop presented by the New Covenant United Methodist Church of Lake City, Florida. That one hour session completely changed my perspective on Dementia and what I thought I knew about the subject.
The first item on the Agenda, “Why begin a Ministry” completely transformed my thoughts into “Why not begin a Ministry”

  • The simulations became real and personal, the fact that it was right there in my immediate family, I just did not take the time and interest to understand that a role play in that class, was my brother’s real world.

  • For the greater part of my 3-plus hours, driving back to Fort Lauderdale my thought process shifted from why begin a Ministry, thru simulations, to “How to begin a Ministry”.So with that burning desire in my mind, I immediately asked my sister-in-law, Martha to join me in a conversation with the pastor of Merrell United Methodist Church, of Lauderdale Lakes about launching a church based, but independent organization named “United Managed’ Care, Alzheimer’s Support Group”.

  • Five months later, on January 25th 2015 we had our first luncheon workshop with an attendance of over Sixty-five adults, conducted by MS Chris Dragomer from the Broward chapter of Florida Alzheimer[s Association.

  • To date we have had approximately ten workshops, two formal Annual October fund raising dinners and operated a table display at a community Health Fair We have successfully applied for and received our 501-C-3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Note: (We had no money to pay for professional help to do our application, but we were able to do this on our own.) We’ve just completed another workshop today, March 27th, at Merrell United Methodist Church, Ragsdale Hall, conducted by Broward Alzheimer’s Association Trainer, Chris Dragomer, with an audience of 45 attendees the community.

  • Our agenda for the remainder of this year include two educational events at Village United Methodist Church, North Lauderdale. and Saint John United Methodist Church, Fort Lauderdale respectively.

  • Other up-coming events include a fun and fundraising joint Picnic with the Fort Lauderdale chapter of the Moose Lodge on May 27th, and our Annual October Fundraising Dinner event on October 28th.

  • We have come thus far, and our expectations are great, but we need help in order to accomplish our goals.

  • I know fully well through first-hand experience from a close family member, and by serving as a Hospice Volunteer, the devastation and fear this dreaded disease can bring to families. The effect is great on the person affected, but even greater on the caregiver of the patient...

  • Thank you all for sharing your time with us today.

Goals/Objectives


  • Establish a daycare facility that would enable caregivers to take time for themselves.

  • Train caregivers in the psychology i.e. coping skills of caregiving.

  • Help provide in-home care services.

  • Help caregivers find alternative sources for financial assistance.

  • Provide opportunities for recreational, spiritual and physical renewal.


2015 FACTS & FIGURES

THE DISEASE

  • Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disease, the most common cause of dementia.

  • It is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA.

  • Characterized by a decline in memory, language, reasoning ability problem -solving skills that affect a person's ability to perform daily activities,confusion with time or place.

  • Nerve cells are damaged, the brain no longer functions normally.

  • Risk factors include age (65 and over) but not a normal part of aging, genetic mutations, an abnormal change in the sequence of chemical pairs.that make up genes (only 1%), brain health, heart health, smoking, obesity in midlife, diabetes, impaired glucose processing, midlife hypertension,midlife high hypertension.

  • Alzheimer's and Dementia, used interchangeably but not the same.

  • Dementia means that the person is no longer able to function on their own because of lasting impairment of multiple mental abilities affecting memory, attention and reasoning

  • Prevention include but not limited to physical exercise, consume diets that benefit the heart, low in saturated fats, rich in vegetables and fruits.

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The Faces of Alzheimers

The Patient

  • Every 67 seconds a new person is diagnosed with the disease.

  • Persons with Alzheimer’s require increasing levels of supervision & personal care as the disease progresses.

The Caregiver

  • Caregivers are those who assist with one or more activities of daily living for others.

  • Caregivers provide a secondary level of care for the patient after the physicians.

  • The care required for persons with Alzheimers, can result in increasing emotional stress and depression for caregivers.

The Family

  • It is called a family disease because Alzheimer’s affects all in the family.

  • The family is needed to provide a tertiary level of care in support of the caregiver.

Social Services

  • Caregiving needed include support groups providing opportunities for discussions, shred feelings and concerns, to help overcome feelings of social isolation. And Respite - planned temporary relief through the provision of substitute care like adult daycare which gives respite for a number of weekly hours.

  • Caregivers often lack the information or resources necessary to manage the increasing complexity of medication regiments for persons with the disease.

Medical Team

  • By 2030 the USA will need 3.5 million health care professionals to maintain the current ratio of health care professionals to the older population.

  • Healthcare professionals provide a primary care program for those with the disease.

  • Source: 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures

PARTNERSHIP

Thanks to the following individuals and organizations for partnering with us in this battle for our future by Sponsoring & Hosting events:

  • South-East Florida Alzheimer’s Association who provide information, materials, and lectures for our Workshops

  • The Moose Lodge of Lauderdale Lakes Chapter 2267. Partnership in fundraising Events

  • Other Community Service establishments such as Pre-need counseling offered by local Funeral Chapels

  • Merrell United Methodist Church - Lauderdale Lakes, FL

  • Woodlands Community - Tamarac, FL

  • City of Lauderdale Lakes - Lauderdale Lakes, FL

  • Alzheimer's Association of Broward

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Host or Sponsor a workshop, community forum or speaking engagement.
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Email us at ericroyes@umcasg.org

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Testimonials

"In April 2015, following a very stressful period in our lives, my mother began displaying symptoms of diminishing mental capacity. Attending the UMCASG workshop on Alzheimer's enabled me to discern whether these symptoms were stress related (temporary) or the onset of the dreaded disease. I was able to ask questions during the session and spoke one to one with the presenter at the end. It was well worth the effort."
Family experience on Living with Alzheimer’s