Mind and Memory Program at Mission Hospital Now Accepting Patients

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Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is pleased to announce that the Mind & Memory Program (MMP) at Mission Hospital is now open and accepting new patients.

Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is pleased to announce that the Mind & Memory Program (MMP) at Mission Hospital is now open and accepting new patients.

The first of its kind in the country, MMP is an innovative option for early-stage memory loss patients and their families who are coping with both cognitive and mental disorders. By developing the Mind and Memory Program in partnership with Mission Hospital, AFC has created a valuable addition to the continuum of care for patients affected by memory loss and a psychiatric disorder.

The brainchild of AFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Joanna Richardson-Jones, MMP was three years in the making. It is geared for individuals with both a cognitive disorder such Alzheimer’s Disease, Early Onset Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment, and a psychiatric disorder such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, loss or grief. MMP is designed for patients who need more support than periodic visits with a therapist. Patients attend the program 2-4 days per week and spend approximately four hours per day at the Mind & Memory Program on the campus of Mission Hospital. Patients will work with a psychiatrist and therapist, and in addition, have a unique treatment plan tailored to them. Services will also be provided by nurses, therapists, case managers and others who specialize in caring for patients with dual diagnoses. Transportation can be arranged, and services are covered by Medicare and many commercial insurance plans.

“The Mind and Memory Program at Mission will offer a resource for patients with memory loss and psychiatric disorders that is both accessible and effective,” Cheryl Alvarez, Psy.D explains, “Our team will focus on reaching patients in preliminary stages to improve patient functioning and quality of life.”

For more information, please contact the Community Outreach Manager at 949-364-4203.

About Alzheimer’s Family Center
Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is Orange County’s only adult day health care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for dementia patients. AFC has a 37-year history of improving the quality of life of families challenged by memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Patients benefit through customized programming tailored to the needs of each individual, from the earliest to the most advanced stages of dementia. Families find respite from the demands of caregiving, and the assurance that their loved one is receiving expert memory care, delivered with dignity and respect.

Recent studies show that AFC makes a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of its patients. Our patients experience over 50% fewer falls and a 33% reduction in emergency room visits within 12 months of enrollment in AFC’s programs. As a result, AFC family caregivers find the responsibilities of caregiving to be more manageable when their loved ones are home, away from the center. AFC also provides family caregivers with support and referrals to manage the medical, emotional, and financial challenges of caring for a memory-impaired loved one.

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Marie Oyegun
Alzheimer's Family Center
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