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Awareness

We know that caring for someone with memory loss is often isolating. Bringing awareness to the disease and encouraging families to share their challenges and successes is essential. In 2015, we hosted the first annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Port Huron. We continue to celebrate the lives of those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease while bringing caregivers and their families together. This annual event held in September has raised thousands of dollars to support research, education, and to provide respite grants for our local caregivers.  Click here to view our upcoming events

Education

People who provide care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias face many challenges. Family caregivers are often overwhelmed by this responsibility. One of the most effective ways to ensure optimal care for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is through caregiver education. Learning about the disease and knowing what to expect can help caregivers feel more in control. It is also important for caregivers to learn ways to manage stress and care for themselves while in the midst of caring for a loved one.

The Dementia & Alzheimer’s Association of St. Clair County provides educational programs featuring speakers that are leaders in the field of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We also support families by linking them to existing education and support programs offered throughout our community.  Click here to view our upcoming events

Respite Care Grants

Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caring for a loved one. It also allows caregivers time to take care of errands while having comfort and peace of mind, knowing their loved one is safe. The DARC Respite Care Fund provides grants for respite care for caregivers in St. Clair County.  Click here to learn more about respite care grants

Resource Referral

Every person’s needs are unique when it comes to dementia and Alzheimer’s care. We can help provide resources and referrals including:

  • Support Groups
  • Activities
  • Safety
  • Legal Matters
  • Caregiver Support
  • Adult Day Programs
  • In-Home Care
  • Residential Care
  • Research

The Dementia & Alzheimer’s Association of St. Clair County is committed to improving the lives of those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and supporting their families.  We are here to help.

Our Board of Directors

Debra Johnson

President

St. Clair Community Mental Health

Ted Barss

Vice President

Community Member

Elizabeth King

Secretary

St. Clair County Health Department

Brian Larsen

Treasurer

Starpath Adult Day Program

Dr. Doug Krause

Medical Professional

David Wagner

Life Skills Centers

Janice Rose

Caregiver/Finance

Scott Crawford

St. Clair Council on Aging

Anna Hutchinson

Lakeshore Woods

Patti Samar

Communications/Marketing

Mat King

St. Clair County Sheriff 

Michelle Bezemek

McLaren Port Huron (Marwood)

Our Board of Directors

Debra Johnson

President

St. Clair Community Mental Health

Ted Barss

Vice President

Community Member

Brian Larsen

Treasurer

Starpath Adult Day Program

Elizabeth King

Secretary

St. Clair County Health Department

Michelle Bezemek

McLaren Port Huron (Marwood)

David Wagner

Life Skills Centers

Dr. Doug Krause

Medical Professional

Janice Rose

Caregiver/Finance

Scott Crawford

St. Clair Council on Aging

Anna Hutchinson

Lakeshore Woods

Patti Samar

Communications/Marketing

Mat King

St. Clair County Sheriff 

Our Accomplishments

Thousand Dollars Raised

Over $108,000 raised from our annual Run/5K beginning in 2015

Thousand Dollars Donated

to UofM connecting local participants to research studies

People in St. Clair County

There are an est. 3,500 people over the age of 65 living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia in St. Calir County 

Local Families Assisted

61 St. Clair County Families have received respite care assistance from the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Association of St. Clair county

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Established in 2014 by Marcia Haynes as a Summit on Alzheimer’s with support from local agencies. This would later evolve to become the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Resource Committee (DARC), and in 2023 became the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Association of St. Clair County.

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Joined the Community Services Coordinating Body as an associated initiative in 2015.

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Established the Respite Grant Program in 2016, funding $34,460 worth of respite care services to 61 families since its inception.

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Received a $7,000 donation from the Fred Haynes memorial in 2016.

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Featured in the University of Michigan’s Michigan Medicine MIND MATTERS newsletter, outlining success of the committee’s grass-roots efforts (2018).

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Purchased education materials on Dementia and Alzheimer’s to donate to the nursing education program at St. Clair County Community College.

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Led support groups for families, providing respite care so caregivers could attend freely.

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Presented regular educational programs geared towards professionals, family caregivers, and the general community. Twelve events/sessions have been held to date.

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Sponsored the 2018 Caregiver Expo with keynote speaker Kim Campbell, wife of singer Glen Campbell, bringing together 178 participants and 16 vendor agencies.

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Sponsored the 2018 Caregiver Expo with keynote speaker Kim Campbell, wife of singer Glen Campbell, bringing together 178 participants and 16 vendor agencies.

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