By Dee Langston on January 24, 2018
The “Power of Art” program is among the many services offered through GEM Adult Day Services.
GEM (Gentle Adult Memorycare) Adult Day Services is hosting an open house at its new office, located at 12 Juniper Trail in Kitty Hawk, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25.
GEM is a community-based nonprofit that provides a positive and supportive environment for adults with memory loss, physical and mental disabilities, and those in need of socialization.
Support services are also available to caregivers, including training and workshops, the GEM Club and Support Group, respite care, family care management, and the Caring Teens Program.
The new office includes a library funded by a grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation, which offers books and other resources about caring for someone with dementia and memory loss.
Art classes for those suffering from dementia, in collaboration with the Dare County Arts Council’s “The Power of Art” program, have been warmly welcomed by those who participate in the center’s programs. GEM’s art projects will be showcased at the Community Foundation’s annual meeting in February.
Another program, Harmony Café, is a respite care program that has been meeting since May of 2016 and provides three hours of group activity that helps the caregiver as well as the person living with dementia. This new model of care meets once a month at Kitty Hawk United Methodist church.
For more information about GEM, or to sign up for the program’s newsletter, visit GEM Day Services or call (252) 480-3354.