I volunteered at Charlie's Place recently and had a great experience. The staff was friendly, caring, and extremely attentive towards those in need. I highly recommend this organization and the services it provides!
After a lifetime of living in New England my husband and I relocated to Baton rouge for his work. I left behind a career in elder services to make this move and have wanted to connect with an agency to continue to be of service to elders and their families. Of all the agencies I explored, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area does their work with much heart and sincere attention to the families' needs. It seems to me that from the first staff person encountered at the front door or the first difficult to make phone call the family member is greeted with respect and full attention. Charlie's Place is an adult day social program for respite care they have developed to be a wonderful atmosphere for folks with dementia. So much thought and care has gone into this program it is a salvation to many families using it. As a volunteer I aspire to be as welcoming and helpful as I can be to help Alzheimer's Services achieve their agency goals.
I volunteered this year for Alzheimer's Services of the Capitol Area. I wanted to be of service to someone and I saw an article about them speaking at a Rotary meeting in my town. It brought back memories of my grandfather who had suffered and passed away from Alzheimers many years ago. I remember my grandmother always saying that the medical people would find a cure. She said it all the time and kept the faith till the end. That was 30 years ago!!! No cure has been found and the the number of Alzheimer's patients is growing and growing. I wish we would have had a Charlie's Place for my grandfather to attend and give my grandmother very much needed rest. Also, all the resources this organization provides is invaluable especially when one is reeling from the diagnosis and doesn't know where to turn. The staff is very knowledgable and above all so caring! I enjoyed my time there last Spring and I am returning this Fall to help with their Walk/Run to Remember and other tasks as needed. They are a great organization! They are making a difference to so many people!!
After I retired, Charlie Valluzzo asked if I would be interested in volunteering at Alzheimer’s Services. I knew little about Alzheimer’s, since no family members or friends had this dreaded disease. But, it didn’t take long to realize that I was going to be a long-time volunteer when I saw how Alzheimer’s affected families, and the caring and commitment of the staff. I have been the “Volunteer Coordinator” for Alzheimer’s Walk/Run for the past ten years, and this entails enlisting approximately 200 volunteers each year. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people, as well as helping to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s Services.
I have a family member with Alzheimers. I come to the informational meetings at lunch time once a month, to get more information and support. What I've learned gives me ideas how to help her and reminds me that I'm not alone.
The compassion and understanding of the disease shown by the staff of Alz Ser make them the best in the Country at serving their clients.
I have been active with Alzheimer's Services since 1993. The growth in services over the years has been phenomenal. The number of people touched, and the variety of ways that victims, caregivers and others are helped, are extraordinary. Please get involved yourself - there are many ways to participate.
I have worked with Alzheimer’s Services since 1999. The growth has been a testament of how important our work is to the Capital Area. Our Organization’s mission is Teaching, Caring and Connecting. No one person or family should face this devastating disease alone. I encourage all those who need our services to please give us a call.
Alzheimer's Services serves such a tremendous need for the Baton Rouge area, and their staff executes its mission to perfection. I have been nothing short of continually impressed in being able to observe how this organization responds so adeptly to the needs of the community - one of the true bright spots in the world of non-profits in Baton Rouge.