A Report from Annette DeMarco
Social Action Committee Chairperson
Aphasia—disorder of the brain affecting communication skills, though not intellect. Caused by head trauma, tumor or, mostly, strokes.
Did you ever have a word "at the tip of my tongue"? Frustrating, right? Ever listen to someone speak but not "get it", or read a paragraph over and over and still wonder what it was saying? People with aphasia have this, pretty much 24/7. They also retain their same levels of intelligence as before the aphasia, doubly frustrating!!
The Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood runs an exceptional program for these folks. The facility is state-of-the-art impressive, and the program gives confidence, self-esteem and so much more to the people who attend. Not wanting to turn anyone away due to financial situations, the center holds various types of fundraisers. One of these involves the clients making and selling jewelry and gifts, which, by the way, are lovely.
The Social Action Committee is sponsoring a program for this center on Sunday morning, April 19 at 10 AM in the Social Hall. It will begin with a light breakfast, to be followed by a short, informative session, and then a sale of the items (think Tupperware party!).
Won't you please plan to attend? It will be open to the public, so please spread the word.
Hopefully, you will never need this center's assistance, but right now it can use ours. Please go to their website: adleraphasiacenter.org if you want more information. Board member Marilyn Katz and I took a tour and we were totally amazed at what we saw and learned. And that led us here.
Thank you so very much to everyone who donated toiletries/cleaning products for our collection for Oelhaf House [see our previous post, Starting 2015 Off With Some Social Action!] as well as to those who gave their time and donations to the victims of the Edgewater fire.
Adas Emuno does it again!
Food collection continues.
acheryl21 at gmail.com