Living with dementia; Residents make blankets


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops some form of dementia.

In Lexington, Sayre Christian Village cares for people with dementia at any stage and there is a need for care.

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The social services director, Vicki Phillips says there are 41 people in the non-profit’s care that have some sort of dementia.

Phillips says the disease is growing and they don’t know why.

There is a waiting list to get a room at Sayre Christian Village that’s about three months out.

“I can get 15-20 calls a day of people seeking treatment,” said Vicki Phillips, social services director.

There is no cure for dementia and it is a terminal disease.

Phillips says it’s important patients live in a safe environment where they can get help and have a routine.

At Sayre Christina Village, staff members keep the patients active because it can help keep the disease at bay.

The activities director says staff members give patients cues to help them remember how to do an activity.

Recently, they made tie blankets and all of them went to the humane society.

“It’s good to think you can do something good for someone else,” said Joyce Anderson, resident.

Sayre Christian Village is always looking for donations and if you’d like information on how to help, click here.

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