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The Center for Living has made such a tremendous, positive impact on my 84 year old father. Being the sole caregiver, I wanted to see what was out there for him. I was given a lovely tour and thought that maybe down the road it would be good for him, but at this time I didn’t think he needed such a set routine.
As the weeks went on, I noticed my dad’s day-to-day life became less enjoyable. It made me feel bad that I couldn’t make him happy at home. I realized that he needed the social setting, brain stimulation, and friendship of people his own age, going through the same things he was experiencing. I realized I was the one not ready for our routine to change, but it wasn’t about what was good for me.
Since my dad’s enrollment in the Supportive Day Program, I see such a change in his disposition. He is excited to tell me about the crafts and exercise he did, the lunch he enjoyed, and the friends he has made. Plus, it gives me time away to take care of me. I am so grateful to all that participate in my dad’s enjoyment at MVCL. We are BOTH grateful.

Gina Stanley

I am the caregiver for my wife who attends the Center two days a week. She is provided with a small breakfast and a substantial, nutritious lunch. More significant, however, is that she is occupied from 9:00- 2:00 with current events discussion, art projects, music and many more activities that stimulate her mentally. My wife has mild dementia and Center activities provide her with the stimulation she needs to engage with staff and other attendees.
The staff is well trained and knows exactly how to bring the best out in Susan. I have attended sessions and have seen this with my own eyes. She loves the staff and talks non-stop about them in the most glowing terms. They truly improve her life. Moreover, her attendance at the Center allows me to tend to household chores and engage in activities I would otherwise be hard-pressed to undertake.Multiplying this experience by the dozens of individuals who attend the Center shows the huge impact it has in the community. I have seen the excitement in my wife when she returns at the end of the day and can't be more supportive of the Center for Living.

Bruce Rosinoff

The MV Center for Living plays a critical role for seniors on Martha's Vineyard living with dementia and other impairments due to aging. My husband who has Alzheimer’s Disease attends the day program; it is a great way for him to engage with others and take part in a variety of activities in a nurturing environment. And, it gives caregivers a much needed break. They also offer a support group for caregivers. Being a full-time caregiver, it is a lifesaver knowing that this support system is available on the island.

Elizabeth Power

View the Documentary on our Supportive Day Program “Marvin and Saralee”
Directed by Rebecca Sesny

Memory Café