Marco Dementia Respite (MDR) is a program for Marco area residents provided by local residents, that gives caregivers a hiatus while offering a safe, enjoyable and no-cost haven for loved ones with early-stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia. 

On Monday, March 20, MDR’s Inaugural Dinner Dance Fundraiser, which will be open to ICC members and the general public, will be held at the Island Country Club, 500 Nassau Road, Marco Island. MDR recognizes and thanks Naples Community Hospital for their contributions. “NCH's Marco Island Urgent Care is committed to the health and wellbeing of the Marco Island Community of which NCH has been a part of for over 30 years,” said Dianna Dohm, NCH Marco Island Committee Chairwoman. “NCH Marco is dedicated to Marco's Dementia Respite Program through support of the weekly client lunches to being a title sponsor for the Inaugural Marco Dementia Respite Dinner Dance. NCH Marco Island is proud to be a partner in MDR and praises the work of the local volunteers and the Marco Island community for recognizing the need and developing a program, which will enrich the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia and their caregivers.”

The local community has become a strong backbone for MDR’s mission. “We all have been or are touched by someone with Dementia and want to do what we can to help those affected, especially their caregivers,” said MDR board member Karen Blackwell. “We are especially grateful to our presenting sponsor NCH and to our other sponsors and supporters who share in our desire to bring sunshine to their lives a few hours a day. Looking down the road, MDR has ambitious plans for Marco that will benefit all Marco seniors. We hope the community will come out and support us in our Inaugural Dinner Dance Celebration.” The event starts at 6:00 PM and will include dinner, live auction and dancing, with music provided by Joe Marino and the Kingsmen. Country Club Casual attire. Tickets are $200 per person ($140 is tax deductible). For further information about the dinner dance at ICC, or to purchase tickets, call 239-642-6731 or 239-642-4044.

The Marco Dementia Respite program is held Mondays and Fridays, 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall at Wesley United Methodist Church on Marco Island. MDR falls under the 501(C)3 umbrella of WUMC. Tax-deductible donations are critical to allow MDR to continue and expand and can be made online at or sent to Marco Dementia Respite, 350 S. Barfield Dr., Marco Island, Fl 34145. Caregivers of potential participants are encouraged to call 239-330-MDR3 (6373) to begin the screening process. If you are interested in volunteering, call MDR for an explanation on the various volunteer opportunities. Also, at 10:30 on program days, MDR offers a highly successful and expanding Caregivers Support Group.

For additional information, contact MDR at 239-330-MDR3 (6373).

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