The New Year will bring with it a new location for the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka (ASM).
They will move from the organization’s current building on Ecclestone Dr. to 239 Manitoba St. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.
Bobbie Dawson, Executive Director for ASM, says the new space is bigger and will allow them to expand on what they already offer to clients. “We know that the need for services is expanding,” she says. “We get more and more referrals every day.”
Ahead of the move, she reassures current clients that they will be kept in the loop.
On top of a growing list of clients, Dawson says since moving to the Ecclestone building, ASM has grown from only having three employees to now having 12. “And we’re still growing,” she adds.
Dawson says the move is warranted because of the growing needs of those dealing with Alzheimer’s, or other forms of dementia. “On any given day in Ontario over 3,000 beds are occupied by someone who doesn’t want to be there or maybe doesn’t need to be there,” she explains.
Dawson shares that the services ASM provides allow those living with dementia to stay at home longer, which she says is the best place for them. “There is a lot that we do that supports people at home for much, much longer,” she continues.