A fundraiser was recently held at Hideaway Beach to benefit the Dementia Respite Program that is conducted by the Naples Senior Center at JFCS.
The Dementia Respite groups are held on Marco Island and all of the funds raised will stay on Marco Island to benefit residents who need this support. The caregivers of dementia patients are in need of support and respite from their daily responsibilities caring for their loved one. The dementia patients are provided with cognitive stimulation, social activities and physical exercise.
Many people may not realize the extent of the need in our area – but according to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in nine people over the age of 65 will develop some form of dementia. Based on these statistics, an estimated 27,000 seniors in Lee and Collier Counties have some form of dementia, and there are an estimated 18,000 individuals who are the caregivers in Lee and Collier counties.
The Hideaway Beach community came out in large numbers to support this cause that touches so many in our area. Many of the participants enjoyed a tennis clinic before coming together for a dinner and live auction.
The event was organized by a committee that included: Co-chairs Lee Zaben and Carolee Levison, Pat and Don Crockford, Susan Gardner, Noelle and Mike Ilitch, Joan Janssen, Linda Kelly, Tye Myers, Steve Shottland, Dolores SIegel, Diana Smith, and Cathy Teghtmeyer.
In this one special day, the love and concern for fellow residents of Marco was demonstrated by raising over $88,000 to support the Dementia Respite Program on Marco that helps to provide peace of mind for so many.