Two women among those who cope in Alzheimer's support group

Published: Monday, October 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM.

"This is definitely a tight-knit group here," she said. "There are usually no more than 10 people at each meeting."

AFS offers various services — namely, education, counseling and free memory screenings with an appointment. It also participates in the Project Lifesaver program, which, in conjunction with local law enforcement, fire and EMS teams, safely locates and returns missing Alzheimer's patients.

Williamson and Barton said they found Project Lifesaver bracelets helpful. Williamson said she deadbolted all her home’s doors after neighbors found Donald wondering outside in the middle of the night.

"It made me have patience," Barton said, referring to witnessing her husband's experience with Alzheimer's.

Both women said such experiences make them thankful for the support group.

"It's a great place for us to come and vent," Williamson said. "The meetings are so important to us."

The Alzheimer’s Family Services support group meets at 10 a.m. the second Tuesdays at Covenant Hospice, 370 Redstone Drive.
For more information on the AFS program, contact the AFS Pensacola office at 850-478-7790 or see

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