Navigators Program

Providing physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual support to individuals with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.
YOU’RE NEVER ALONE ON THE JOURNEY

General format

Monday and Wednesday
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Enrollment is required
$45 per session

Admission Criterea

Benefit from therapeutic aspect of the program
Ambulate independently
Independent in personal care and toileting

Exit Critera

A Club member can stay in program as long as program staff establish through assessment and interviews that they are receiving benefit from the program and continue to be appropriate for this level of programming.

PEGGY MARSH: NAVIGATORS FACILITATOR

“Our basic tenants are designed to keep a person social, provide neurobics, just like mental gymnastics and physical exercise. We also talk often about food that is healthy for a person to maintain a healthy brain. We always include humor because we think that’s very healthy. What we do is all for the purpose of creating those neural pathways so that participants can off-set those brain cells that are dying. It’s a very uplifting, very fruitful program and we see really good results.”

Program Activities Include

Social Therapeutic group, Drawing on Memories, music therapy, field trips, social interactions, adopt a children’s group, reminisce group, memory books, arts and crafts, spiritual/ devotional, exercise/ walking group, discussion groups and mental stimulation.

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Oasis Ovations

BILL HARKER: CAREGIVER TO ANN HARKER

I was skeptical before I came here. I came because OASIS had the Navigator’s program where she (wife Ann) could have socialization and memory enhancement; someplace where the people she was with, in the program, were at a comparable, functional level she was.

She would come home from the program very excited. She would go over the exercises and the questionnaire in depth. She talked considerably about her companions in the group, how much she enjoyed them. It gave me a sense that this was the right place for her and it has proved to be that.

I get respite from her, instead of the 24/7 requirements of a caregiver. She comes home from the group real happy and engaging for 24-36 hours. I would highly recommend the OASIS Navigators program. I am anxious to see it expand. I wish were other places like this so more people could take advantage of it.

I speak from the stand point of professionalism as a retired psychotherapist. It has given me a lot of what I need to help me. I just enjoy being with her when she comes home (from Navigators) and the rest of the week.

ANN HARKER: NAVIGATORS PARTICIPANT

After I had been here for one or two times I was ready everyday, everytime because the group is so friendly and our leader is so nice and the area is so nice that it makes you very comfortable and you soon become like very close friends and you have a really good time. This is very important for somebody who has gone through a big change in the life.

You have to feel you are important to somebody; that you fit in. Boy this did it for me. You can just be yourself. It makes you so aware of what you should be thankful for. Most people think of people of with dementia as a little bit slow or as people who don’t quite have “it” anymore. I had to overcome that (belief). You learn to live with things, I’m not going to let it get me down.

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