|Jackie's Story (09/05/2018)|
Jack Witzman knew something was not right when he and his wife, Jackie, were driving home from the store one day and, suddenly, Jackie didn’t know where she was going. Jackie was later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, confirming his suspicion. After traveling the path of a caregiver alone for a while, Jack turned to Easterseals for the help he was seeking and the socialization Jackie needed.
“Jackie is no longer able to be left alone at home. With Easterseals, I can go to work and do not have to worry. She is with people I trust. It is a comforting feeling to know she is in good hands,” Jack says. “Jackie enjoys the people there and loves interacting with them. Jackie is all smiles when I pick her up. That is the most important aspect.”
She spends four days a week at the Easterseals day program for aging adults and those with disabilities, allowing Jack time to go to work without worry. Not only is Jackie able to remain active in the community, she is also becoming more flexible through the exercise program Easterseals provides, making it easier for her to walk up stairs and perform other physically demanding tasks.
“Easterseals offers a broader opportunity for their participants to thrive. Their programs provide mental stimulation. Jackie is doing something she is proud of,” Jack says. “While Jackie is at Easterseals, I can accomplish things I might not be able to while she is at home. I am able to rejuvenate and prepare for her return. It is a mental refreshment.”
The 2019 Easterseals/CAI Volleyball Challenge fundraiser, which will take place on April 5-7, 2019 at William Penn High School in New Castle, DE helps fund programs that help those facing daily challenges like Jackie does. The Volleyball Challenge is a family-friendly, three-day event, which brings the community together to raise critically needed dollars for Easterseals to serve children and adults with disabilities. For more information about the event, go to www.volleyballchallenge.com or contact Stephanie DiMartine at 302-221-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Caregiving is a learning process. Readjusting our life has been difficult. I am still learning how to deal with my changing circumstances,” Jack says. “Everyone I have met at Easterseals is caring, professional and knowledgeable. They have a sincere concern for their participants. It takes a considerable amount of skill to do what they do.”
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, and respite services for caregivers. To learn more about how Easterseals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.
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