Alzheimer's Patients Well Taken Care Of In East Texas

By Ramonica R. Jones

It takes a lot to care for someone with Alzheimer's. Nurses at the Lottie Temple Special Care Center in Lufkin work at it around the clock.

"They are never not taken care of," Pinecrest Marketing Director Joy Rich says. "Someone is with them at all times."

At 74, Eula Mae Wilson is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. She says she's so well taken care of, she doesn't feel like a patient.

"They really see after me," Wilson says. "I try to take care of myself; I make my bed, I go to the whirlpool. If I were to fall, they would be there to help me."

The Salvation Army Adult Day Center cares for about 30 Alzheimer's patients a day. Director Merline Lott says the center provides activities that meet their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.

"They're confused to start with," Lott says. "And it's a scary time because they know that there's something wrong with them and they can't figure out what it is; but it helps them to stay busy and keep their minds stimulated

To find an Alzheimer's support group near you, call the Greater East Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at 1-800-246-7888.