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Swim From Alcatraz: Dementia Does Not Have to Be a Prison
Dr. Charlie Farrell, 82 years old, is swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco in July of 2019 . The first thing we often hear when educating people about dementia is that dementia is like a prison and life with dementia is bleak. In the Alcatraz swim, swimming away from the prison, Dr. Charlie wants to advocate for people with dementia and share the message that dementia does not have to be a prison. You can live well with dementia. Please help support Dr. Charlie today by donating.
The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation was established in 2011 when the Farrell Family saw a need in the community. In caring for Carol, wife and mother, we found that there are few activity based programs for people living at home with dementia/Alzheimer’s. We wanted to bring programming to the community in order to help support people’s treatment plan and management of their illness. Our programs are largely arts based and focus on multi-sensory elements. The human senses centered in the brain preserve abilities well into the disease process.
It is often assumed that people with dementia can not participate in daily life activities anymore, and that is not true. When we create activities that are accessible, individuals thrive and find joy in the experience. People with dementia can create, imagine, and have fun.
Most importantly, isolation is a large contributing factor to increasing the pain and difficulty of having dementia. Our programs are designed to decrease isolation and increase socialization with community support.
We thank these organizations for their kind and continuous support.