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RCI REACH Provides Free, Confidential Services to Caregivers of Loved Ones with Dementia

AMERICUS, GEORGIA (April 15, 2016) — RCI REACH, a program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) in collaboration with Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, is now available in Sumter and the surrounding counties.

Provided to caregivers of loved ones with memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia, REACH (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregivers Health) focuses on the specific needs of RCI logothe individual served. Together, the caregiver and the caregiver coach decide what challenges should be addressed, and they work together to find solutions. The program is free for families served and all information is completely confidential. Data shows that at the end of this six-month evidence-based program, caregivers report reduced stress, depression, burden, and improvements in physical health.

The RCI REACH program is one of a kind in many ways, including that this service is free. Primary caregivers of someone with memory problems are accepted on a per need basis, rather than income or insurance based. Sessions can be held on location or at home.

Schieloh Wolfe, who works for Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, will administer the REACH program in the Sumter County area. Wolfe, a U.S. Army veteran certified in crisis intervention, has years of professional experience helping individuals overcome challenges.

Limited spots are available for this program. To sign up, contact Wolfe at (229) 931.7108 or email swolfe@phoebesumter.org.

About the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
Located in Americus, Ga., the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is a division of Georgia Southwestern State University. The RCI was established in 1987 in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a GSW alumna who serves as president of the Institute's Board of Advisors. RCI establishes local, state, national, and international partnerships committed to building quality, long-term, home and community-based services. It advocates for evidence-based research to address the strain and burdens associated with family, volunteer, and professional caregiving. For additional information about the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, visit www.rosalynncarter.org.

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