Making Moments

Marriam Hilton (in the black shirt) leads the participants of Adult Day Services in tai chi with her daughter (seated at the bottom left corner). Hilton was one of the original founders of the program, more than 30 years ago. (Photo by Jackie Stark)

By Jackie Stark

In an unassuming room on the lower level of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette, a group of people gets together three times a week for lunch and fellowship. They drink coffee, play games, make art, even go on a few field trips here and there as time permits.

What sets this group apart then, from any other group that gathers together on a regular basis? Everyone participating is living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other types of conditions that cause memory loss.

“There are so many more people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s right now, even looking from five years ago, there’s a huge difference,” said Sue Kitti, chief executive officer of Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice, which runs the program. “We know there are a lot more people out there, just reaching those people and letting them know what services there are available.

Called Adult Day Services, the program offers a place for people with varying types of dementia somewhere to be together, and their caregivers a chance to take a few hours for themselves.

Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, affects more than 5 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, with some predictions saying that number could be as high as…

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