Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – CCS Dementia Trailer Tour

By Press Reports

In downtown Ackerman on November 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Community Counseling Services invites the public to experience the effects aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease have on the body. The Virtual Dementia Trailer Tour will stop in Ackerman on Tuesday, November 13. It will be located across from City Hall at the Pavilion, 45 East Main Street, Ackerman from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For every person with Alzheimer’s there is often at least one other person who directly cares for them and a host of healthcare, social workers, advocates and volunteers in the background. With so many people directly and indirectly affected by Alzheimer’s it is good that a time of year be set aside to promote awareness.

As you prepare to go through the Dementia Trailer, CCS staffers will fill your shoes with corn mimicking the loss of balance or possibly a bad hip or knee. Plastic gloves full of corn kernels are worn on the hands so one feels the effects of arthritis and loss of coordination and strength. Swim goggles tinted yellow simulate how our vision yellows with age and the black dot in the center represents the presence of cataracts. The participant wears headphones that blast loud static which in turn compromise hearing. Once suited up, staffers take you into the actual Dementia Trailer where you are given 5 simple task to accomplish; it is absolutely amazing how difficult household chores become, the quick rise in stress, and how hard simple directions can be to comprehend due to all the previously mentioned impairments. The entire experience takes a total of 5 minutes.

Everyone is encouraged to stop by the Dementia Tour location in a county nearest you. -Starkville: Thursday, November 8th, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., CCS Main Office, 302 N Jackson Street, 662.323.9318 -Eupora: Friday, November 9th, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., CCS Main Office, 1660 Veteran’s Memorial Blvd., 662.258.8147 -Columbus: Monday, November 12th, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., CCS Main Office, 1001 Main Street, 662.328.9225 -Ackerman: Tuesday, November 13th, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Across from City Hall at the Pavilion, 45 East Main Street, 662.285.6225 -West Point: Wednesday, November 14th, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Pass It On, 407 West Main Street, 662.494.7060 -Louisville: Thursday, November 15th, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., CCS Main Office, 507 West Main Street, 662.773.9377 -Macon: Friday, November 16th, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Infinity House, 507 Lawrence Street, 662.726.5042

To all caregivers who help and care daily for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, Community Counseling Services says a special thank you in recognition of your contribution. Community Counseling Services is a comprehensive community mental health center providing quality mental health treatment through diversified services. For more information about our services or these events, call 524-4347 or visit www.ccsms.org.