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Coping With Alzheimer's & Other Memory Disorders During Covid-19

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Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center
Works created by SWFL artists with memory disorders on display at the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve worked to highlight the impact it’s having on different aspects of society and our lives. Today we’re looking at how it has affected those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory disorders, and their caregivers.

The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Fort Myers has been helping people with memory disorders, and their caregivers, since 1995 through things like support groups, educational outreach, safety programs, and memory screenings. But, since mid-March most of those programs gone virtual, except some in-person memory screenings.

We talk with Lynne Thorpe, Executive Director of the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center; and Dan Moser, who volunteers at the center and is also a client because he is his wife Maria’s primary caregiver.

The center will be holding its annual fundraiser Brushstrokes from the Soul Silent Art Auction virtually beginning Thursday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Julie Glenn is the News Director and the host of Gulf Coast Live. She joined the WGCU team in November of 2016 to expand the Gulf Coast Live call-in radio show from once a week to five days a week. Since then, the show has been recognized in state and regional competitions and has featured artists, political leaders, historians, environmental experts, doctors, local reporters, and national and international scholars. After leading the station's award-winning coverage of Hurricane Irma in September of 2017, Julie was named Interim News Director. In January of 2018, she launched WGCU's first podcast: Grape Minds.