Letters to the editor

    Memory Care Center needs support

    It has come to my attention that the Memory Care Center of the Ashland Community Hospital may soon have to close due to lack of financial support. This is of great concern to me. The Center has been providing a great service to clients with memory care problems and their families. They have a respite program which gives stimulation, fun and care to clients and an essential break to caregivers.

    I have a number of friends who have made use of this facility for their loved ones and found it a place which their family members came to see as a second home and which the caregivers found essential to their own wellbeing. Without this kind of support for caregivers, clients might require institutionalization, which would be much more costly and perhaps less supportive of clients' emotional and social needs.

    As a caregiver for my husband who has Alzheimer's, I have made use of another very useful program the Memory Care Center operates. That is a program which educates clients and their family caregivers about memory loss and the needs and experiences of both clients and caregivers. I have gained much helpful information through this program and continue to be involved in a monthly support group for caregivers, which I find invaluable to my emotional health.

    The Center is looking for community support, funding and ideas. It is essential that we find a way to keep the Memory Care Center operating so it can continue to provide these important services to clients with memory loss and their hardworking caregivers.

    Juanita Rosene


    Pardon power should not be misappropriated

    The pardon power was not meant to allow a president to preemptively pardon people in his/her own administration for crimes. Please send a message to President Bush that this usurpation and misappropriation of power will not be allowed. Thank you.

    Duane Light


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