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Senior center donates van

Budding Alzheimer's program receives van

A budding day care program for Alzheimer's patients recently received a van from the Colonie Senior Services Center.

The center donated one of its vans at a Thursday, Jan. 14, ceremony at the Watervliet Senior Center.

The van is a 2004 Chevrolet with eight seats. It has more than 125,000 miles, but has been maintained well. It has a wheelchair lift and station, according to the senior service center.

In this economic climate, it has become even more important for senior service organizations to help one another to make it possible to meet the growing needs of the elderly community, said Teresa Ashline, director of the Watervliet Senior Center.

The day care center has been named Bridges, but it does not yet have a home base yet, according to its founder. The principle of the program is to allow those with Alzheimer's disease to stay home and utilize the center while caregivers or family members work.

The tentative address for the center is 636 3rd Ave. in Watervliet, said Ashline, who doubles as director of the Watervliet Senior Center and administrator of Bridges. Ashline is shooting for a Sept. 1 start date, she said.

She said she is thrilled and honored to have received the donation and is thankful for the support of the mayor's office.

"They're behind us. They're trying to support us," she said.

She said she is hopeful that grant money will help stimulate the program, and she is working with officials to try to secure funding.

The van will help bring those with Alzheimer's to appointments, pharmacies, shopping and recreational destinations and to and from home, she said.

The program is based on the Colonie Senior Service Center Bright Horizons program. Colonie Senior Service Center is a nonprofit organization that administers services for the elderly in Colonie.

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