JFCS dementia respite program expected to launch in October

Steering committee members from left, fron: Shirley Woolaway and Brianne Bremer-Kennish; back: Brian Bremer, John Kenney, Judy Kenney.

An innovative new program is on target for launch this October on Marco Island.

Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president/CEO, JFCS of Southwest Florida, announced the expansion of the Dementia Respite Program to Marco Island, before a group of over 35 full-time and seasonal Marco Island residents at a ‘first look’ information evening on May 24.

The JFCS Dementia Respite Program, affiliated with the Brookdale Foundation’s National Group Respite Program, will launch in early October 2017 at St. Mark’s Church on Marco Island, subject to meeting phase one fundraising targets, over 60 percent of which have already been achieved.

Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president/CEO, JFCS of Southwest Florida

“With 1 in 9 seniors expected to experience some form of cognitive decline in the future, the need for support is so great,” said Dr. Faffer at the event, “and growing demand for our Dementia Respite Program has made further expansion in Naples and Marco Island a real priority.“

Serving both the elder community and caregivers, JFCS is a non-sectarian human services organization dedicated to supporting the Collier and Southern Lee County communities.

The Naples Senior Center, a program of JFCS, offers a wide range of programs for seniors and has experienced over 150 percent growth in membership since it opened as the first of its kind in Naples in 2014.

The expansion of the JFCS Dementia Respite Program to Marco Island is funded by gifts and grants in addition to nominal fees for participants. Scholarships are available for those unable to pay full fee. Those interested in donating to the JFCS/Marco Island Dementia Respite Program may contact Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, or call 239-325-4444.