Alzheimer’s Foundation reaches 25th anniversary


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Fay Barronett likes to spend her time at Joe’s Club.

Courtesy of Barronett family

Last month, the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation (BAFI) began its 25th year of operation.

The organization announced that “in the past quarter century, BAFI has touched the lives of more than 100,000 clients and caregivers while raising more than $25 million in grants, funds and donations.”

The primary goal of BAFI, a nonprofit organization providing services to Brevard County residents through its foundation and its Adult Day Health Care (Joe’s Club), is “to keep families together for as long as possible,” activities director Sam Kosmick said.

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse through time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer Association, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s is growing fast. Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease. Thus, the need for funds and services is increasing exponentially.

“We touch many families through case management, caregiver education and support groups. We provide care from early detection to care after detection and everything in between with quality of life in mind,” Kosmick added.

Joe’s Club, a crucial service with a sliding fee scale, operates in three locations — Melbourne, Titusville and Micco.

Fay Barronett continues to have a fulfilling relationship with her daughter at home. Joe’s Club has helped immensely.

When her daughter/caregiver became aware of Barronnett’s memory impairment, she felt she could no longer be home alone.

“I can’t say how grateful I am to Joe’s Club for providing a safe haven for my mother while I work. The activities and socialization have done wonders for my mother, and I am so thankful for the wonderful work being done there,” Barronett’s daughter said.

For more information about the extensive services offered by BAFI, including Joe’s Club, go to brevardalz.org or call 321-253-4430.

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