My mother has a wonderful life. Even if she doesn’t know it.

SALISBURY – The classic film “African Queen” hit American movie theaters the year I was born, 1951. The film tells the story of a strait-laced spinster missionary in the African Congo (played by Katherine Hepburn) and a gin-swilling tugboat captain (Humphrey Bogart) who team up to sabotage a Nazi warship anchored hundreds of miles downriver. The constantly bickering odd couple sneak past German fortifications and deadly rapids and eventually find themselves stuck in a mucky swamp. With the boat’s motor broken, Bogart must get in the water and physically pull the boat through the weeds. Climbing into the boat for a short break, he and Hepburn are horrified: he’s covered with leeches. As Hepburn powders and plucks off the parasites, Bogart utters one of my favorite lines in any film: “If there’s anything in the world I hate, it’s leeches! The little devils!” But it quickly becomes apparent that if Hepburn and Bogart are going to reach their goal, Bogart must climb back into the water and carry on. A shadow passes over his face – one of resignation, fatigue, duty, and love (because of course by now he and Hepburn have fallen in love), and he gets back into the fetid water.

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Trinity Living at St. John’s to offer group respite care

SALISBURY  – Nearly one in four North Carolinians is providing care for someone aged 60 or older. And nearly half of those are caring for someone who has some degree of dementia.

Many of these caregivers are stretched to the breaking point and need some support. Trinity Living Center, a program of Lutheran Services Carolinas, has been providing just that for many years through its adult day program in Salisbury.

Later this summer, local caregivers who need some relief will have another option. Trinity Living Center is entering into a new partnership with St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury to open a half-day group respite program — the first in the community — called Trinity Living at St. John’s.

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Patty Messick: A day without Trinity Living Center

SALISBUY – The alarm goes off. It’s 6 a.m. After sleeping with one eye open, Jane (not her real name) rises. On a normal day, Jane would dress herself, help her mother, who lives with her, get dressed, and head out for Trinity Living Center where Jane’s mother will spend her day while Jane goes to work.

However, the center has closed, and Jane has nowhere for her mother to go.

She calls in to work yet another time, knowing that her employer cannot continue to keep her job open while she tries to find care for her mother. She doesn’t want to lose her job, but she also doesn’t want to place her mother in long-term care. She’s just not ready to do that yet. Without Trinity Living Center, however, she has no choice.

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Laughter Yoga: It really is funny

SALISBURY — Joan Palmer directed the people in the semicircle with her to raise their arms and breathe in deeply.

Then on the release down toward the floor, she wanted them to give their best belly laugh possible. So it was up, breathing; down, laughing. And after you do this a few times with people all around, you really start laughing and feeling better.

There’s something funny about Laughter Yoga — and that’s the point.

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Salisbury residents “Paint the Town Purple” for Alzheimer’s awareness

SALISBURY —  Purple balloons adorned downtown sidewalks and storefronts Wednesday as a group of local residents sought to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.

The “Paint the Town Purple” campaign involved participants placing purple and white balloons throughout downtown. It attracted representatives from multiple elder care facilities in the area and Billy Constangy, the district director for U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson.

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Salisbury Academy brings holiday cheer to Trinity Living Center

SALISBURY — For one of the participants at Trinity Living Center’s adult day services program, it’s hard to remember much about a typical day due to the advancement of her Alzheimer’s disease. But when Salisbury Academy’s first-graders come for their monthly book buddies visit, she can recount her day to her husband with enthusiasm.

“Ask her about anything else she’s done, and she won’t remember,” said Teresa Dakins, community outreach coordinator for Trinity at Home.

“The day the kids come she always remembers. It makes her husband’s heart so happy.”

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United Way and Trinity Living Center team up for Rowan County seniors

Caring for our seniors is perhaps one of the greatest responsibilities any of us will ever take on, but at Trinity Living Center it’s our passion.

Adult day service programs, like LSC’s Trinity Living Center, provide programs specially tailored to adults who need supervision and assistance during the day. Trinity Living Center’s services provide social activities and health care services for adults with physical disabilities and/or cognitive impairments who are unable to stay alone safely.

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Artistic diversion at Trinity Living Center

SALISBURY – Most people would never dream of disguising a door, but doors sometimes present challenges to those who are dealing with dementia, as well as their caregivers. Such was the case at Trinity Living Center.

“We have always had an issue with our participants gathering at the door to wait on their ride or even just wanting to know what’s going on out there,” said Christina Joyce, executive director at Trinity Living Center in Salisbury, which provides adult day services in Salisbury.

This obsession with the door can be unrelenting and often becomes worse in the afternoon.

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United Way helps Trinity Living Center provide services to adults

SALISBURY – Keith Corriher says he wishes he had known about Trinity Living Center sooner.

Corriher’s mother, Virginia, has Lewy body dementia and can no longer safely live on her own. Keith and his brother, Barry, have moved in with Virginia and serve as her co-caregivers. The two brothers also hold down jobs – and that’s where Trinity Living Center comes in.

In July, Virginia Corriher began attending Trinity Living Center two days a week. Those two days allow her sons to continue to take care of her at home and still be able to meet the responsibilities of their jobs.

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Salisbury Academy first-graders delight Book Buddies at Trinity Living Center

SALISBURY – On the first Thursday of each month, 22 Salisbury Academy first-graders load onto a small blue and white bus, individually selected books in hand, and ride over to the adult day health facility Trinity Living Center.

Once arrived, the children, often shyly at first, find reading buddies among the 30 or so senior participants present that day. The kids make eye contact with their “Book Buddy” of that visit, have a seat next to them, and begin to read a book to their elderly friend.

Once the connection is made, it’s delightful, says Patty Messick, Program Coordinator for Trinity Living Center.

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