Giving thanks to caregivers

— The extra help and few hours of freedom are also a plus for Swartwout herself.

“I can go grocery shopping by myself. That might not seem like a biggie but being able to push your own cart around the store, I mean that’s just a delight,” said Swartwout. “Being able to make appointments for myself and to go places where I don’t have to drag him around, don’t have to worry about what he’s doing in the waiting room.”

Sue Solomon’s mother, Dottie, has also benefited invaluably from Bright Horizons at Pine Grove Methodist Church. She went from barely eating and sitting on the couch doing nothing all day, to fooling new interns into thinking she’s a program volunteer because of her constant helpfulness.

“I pick her up every morning and she brags to everyone now that she goes to church six days a week,” said Solomon.

Since attending the day program every day, Solomon’s mother has picked back up some of her favorite hobbies.

“She really enjoys getting out, enjoys being with people, likes the socializing and it stimulates her mind; she’s the word jumble queen,” said Solomon.

Solomon said the change has been felt through the entire family.

“We can have peace of mind knowing that she’s safe, knowing she’s getting good healthy meals,” said Solomon. “She’s eating, she’s more alert, even outside of the program.”

For more information about Bright Horizons or Colonie Senior Services Center, visit www.colonieseniors.org.

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