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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:05 pm | Updated: 10:50 am, Fri Jul 20, 2012.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story included the wrong phone number for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center. The correct number is 726-5067.

The Coastside Adult Day Health Center is taking steps to be there for Coastsiders or their loved ones who are afflicted with issues of aging or dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

The center, located at 645 Correas St. in Half Moon Bay, serves Coastside seniors or disabled adults with a lively and busy schedule of activities and interaction, health monitoring with medical professionals, entertaining and engaging social and recreational activities.

In February the center launched the Alzheimer Café, a monthly safe and social place for those with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and their loved ones.

Its monthly meetings draw an average of 12 people, from the Coastside and San Mateo County, who are struggling with physical, mental or emotional issues around aging. Center social worker Sunshine Mugrabi, and Activities Director Sandy Sanders, are actively involved with the group.

Key to the group is a lively, engaged setting, said Program and Community Outreach Director Cheryl Sinclair. “It’s meant to be a social environment for people, so they can enjoy themselves and have a good time,” she said. “There’s lots of laughing. And singing sometimes!”

Alzheimer Café meetings have been scheduled through 2012 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on July 18, Aug. 22, Sept. 19, Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19 at the center. The meetings are free and open to the public. Drop-ins are welcome, though RSVPs are appreciated, at 726-5067.

For those interested in learning more about the center and its services, an informative wine and cheese reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at the center.

Community members are invited to meet center staff to learn how its services may benefit their loved ones.

Points to consider for adults who may benefit from the CADHC and its services are: Are they feeling lonely and withdrawn? Has memory loss or mobility issues interfered with daily functioning? Do they need regular health monitoring? Can loved ones stay at home safely? Do caregivers need respite assistance?

On the Coastside, said Sinclair, there is “a fair amount of dementia” among residents, and so “we’re there for people who need help in this area.”

The center’s professionals will be available at the reception to speak with concerned Coastsiders.

For information about the CADHC or its activities, call 726-9056.

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