I am very excited to be representing Team Framingham in the 2017 Boston Marathon and honored to be running for The Friends of the Callahan Senior Center. The Friends of Callahan is a non-profit organization established in 1976 to raise funds to support programs at the Raymond J. Callahan Senior Center in Framingham. They aim to promote greater community interest and preserve the dignity and well-being of Framingham’s older residents with their efforts.
The money raised by marathon runners supporting the Friends of Callahan is targeted for the Continuing Connections program. Three years ago, the Friends provided a grant for the Callahan Center to pilot this innovative program to residents of the Metrowest community who are dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a loved one. Social Services staff provides counseling, education about resources, and referrals to other services on an ongoing basis as needs change for the care partners who struggle with the myriad of challenges presented by this disease. Both partners participate in weekly programs that offer peer lunches and therapy in the areas of art, music, and exercise to continue the connections that remain intact. In addition, these couples are able to enjoy excursions as a group to museums, historical sites, cultural events, and group dining at area restaurants. Many people dealing with Alzheimer’s become isolated from their friends and families and such group outings quickly become a thing of the past. These activities and others offered by Continuing Connections have proven to have a beneficial effect on both the person with the diagnosis and their care partners. Very strong bonds of connection have been formed among the participants who become a new support network for each other through this great program.
Thank you for your support and I truly appreciate your help in continuing the moments of connection, joy, and peer support that are made possible with your generosity!