SPRINGFIELD – JCC Summer Camp’s Club 78 Team received orientation in June at Ruth’s House, the assisted living residence at Jewish Geriatric Services. The Team learned about dementia and were taught how to interact with dementia patients, whom they visited during the next few weeks. They also learned that dementia prevention can begin at a young age by putting down the electronics and getting involved with activities such as puzzles, as well as eating healthy.
The Team met wonderful residents such as Jerry, who spent 20 years serving our country in the Navy (campers thanked him for his service); Mary, a former architect who was directed towards engineering and is a fan of UConn Husky women’s basketball; and Nancy, a water color painter who also has a black and white cat. Club 78 is a group of seventh and eighth grade campers who participate in community service projects through JCC Summer Camps. For more information about the Springfield JCC and its services, visit www.SpringfieldJCC.org.