Swim, twist and jitterbug for a really cool cause

(MURFREESBORO) Rock ‘n’ rollers of all ages are invited to the second annual Mindful Care Adult Day Services fundraiser, “Sock Hop Down Memory Lane,” Friday, April 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. Donations at the door will serve as admission.

The event will take place at Dance Murfreesboro—At the Warehouse, located at 730-A Middle Tennessee Blvd., Ste 14. (Heading south on Middle Tennessee Boulevard, turn left at Park, then turn right into the business strip. Look for the balloons!)

The evening will include a live deejay spinning oldies classics as well as ‘party-mix’ tunes for the younger crowd. Participants are urged to come dressed in 50s attire and hairstyles. There will be complimentary food and beverages—and a dance contest for the young and young-at-heart.

Mindful Care is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to provide people with mild Alzheimer’s and other compromised health with a safe and loving program, which, in turn, allows family caregivers much-needed relief. Surveys show that debilitating stress on caregivers may be alleviated by an adult day services program. There are approximately 3,500 people afflicted with Alzheimer’s in Rutherford County.

“Adult day services like Mindful Care will become urgently essential as we prepare for a ‘tsunami’ of Alzheimer’s in the next couple of decades,” said Tom Tozer, Mindful Care board chair. “While it is the 6th leading cause of death in our nation, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive of all diseases because there is no cure and ultimately no survivors, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.”

In a recent PBS program titled “Every Minute Counts,” Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts stated that when the number of Alzheimer’s patients triples in the coming years, the cost of treatment will equal the U.S. defense budget.

“A wonderful advantage of Mindful Care is that a participant enjoys the companionship and socialization with others in a joyful environment and then can return to his or her family at the end of the day,” noted Tina O’Brien, founder and executive director.  “It is an affordable alternative to nursing-home or in-home professional care.”

Mindful Care Adult Day Services operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in donated space at New Vision Baptist Church at 1750 N. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro. Participants, age 55-plus, may attend the program all or part of a day, depending on their needs and those of their caregivers.

Please visit www.mindful-care.org to view the new Mindful Care video. For fees and contact information, click on “Contact.”

Mindful Care sponsorships are available at four giving levels. Please call 615-542-4371 or email mindfulcareorg@gmail.com. Donations may be mailed to Mindful Care, PO Box 332966, Murfreesboro, TN 37133.

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