Dementia Support Programs
Caregiver Support Group
Join a group where you will be understood, learn skills to help you in your role, and address self-care. Our no-cost groups are designed to provide educational, emotional, and social support to individuals caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.
Dementia Friendly Activities
This special class engages those living with dementia through stimulating activities, such as music, games, crafts, field trips to local attractions, laughter, and fun. Classes meet virtually and in-person. All the supplies and entrance fees are provided.
Music & Memory
Music and Memory is an innovative and effective tool providing personalized music playlists to older adults living with dementia and cognitive decline. A compassionate certified Music & Memory provider is available to bring music into the life of you or your loved one. The program includes an iPod loaded with a personalized playlist, Skullcandy headphones, charging equipment and time and support from our staff. There is a charge for this service, which can be adjusted for low-income individuals.
Rosemary Quatrale MHDSP, Older Adult Care Manager, provides oversight and coordination of JFS’ Older Adult Programs. She conducts JFS’ Caregiver Support Groups and Dementia-Friendly Activities, and provides care management to older adults. She also assists with service coordination for families participating in the Music and Memory Program.
For more information about these programs, please contact Rosemary Quatrale.
Arts & Aging Programs
This is a choir for persons living with dementia and their care partners. Participants in the choir are offered an opportunity to enjoy success, contribution, connection, and creativity. The choir meets on alternative weeks in-person and virtually on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm. No choral or singing experience necessary.
Older adults who engage in creativity have better emotional, cognitive, and physical health. In this group for adults 55+, we introduce and participate in a different form of art each month. This class is held virtually every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 am. No art experience necessary.
Emily Christensen, MS, SCMT, MT-BC, Arts & Aging Coordinator, is a nationally board-certified music therapist who has been working with older adults since 2009. Emily has partnered with JFS since 2018 as director of Gleeful!, (a chorus for people living with dementia and their care-partners) and recently expanded her role to Arts & Aging Coordinator. Emily is passionate about using the arts to improve well-being in the lives of those who are 55 plus.
For more information about these programs, please contact Emily Christensen.
Older Adult Services Programs
The Lunch Bunch Support Group
The Lunch Bunch groups are an outreach program that meet monthly to enjoy lunch, socialization, and education.
Aging Support Services
Our Older Adult Services Coordinator provides outreach, in-home assessments, resource coordination, and clinical services for older adults, people with dementia, and caregivers of older adults. We can assist in care planning and provide clinical expertise and appropriate referrals to help clients improve their situations and meet the challenges in their lives.
Katie Young, CSW, Older Adult Services Coordinator, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Family and Human Development from Utah State University. She also has a Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus in aging from the University of Utah. She is passionate about working with the aging population and their caregivers and advocating for their needs. She has worked with people who have dementia as a caregiver, an activities director, and now as a social worker and hopes to continue working to create positive change for older adults.
For more information about these programs, please contact Katie Young.