Sessions: Mondays and Thursdays from 1pm – 4pm
Location: UCLA Sunset Canyon Recreational Center - Mesa Room [MAP]
Note: Note: Spring sessions begin April 13th, 2017 and end June 1st, 2017.
Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia slowly leach away a lifetime worth of memories and social relationships, until the only thing left are fragments.
Dementia is an isolating disease that frequently leaves the person afflicted feeling alone, lonely and bereft of opportunities for social interactions. The spouse, adult child, relative or friend who is a caregiver of a person with memory problems often experiences physical and emotional strain and can benefit greatly from a short break in their caregiving duties.
An innovative and unique intergenerational program at UCLA gives seniors an opportunity to mentor bright, enthusiastic college students while giving their caregivers a much needed break. TimeOut @UCLA is a student-run respite program offered free-of-charge to older persons who need companionship and enjoy socialization and meaningful conversations.
Each week, they come to the Sunset Canyon Recreational Center at UCLA to meet with students who are interested in careers in aging and learning from the rich life stories of seniors, many of whom are accomplished retired professionals. The seniors feel a sense of accomplishment mentoring students and imparting their knowledge and experience from their careers that span many decades. The students enjoy learning new things from and bask in the words of wisdom imparted by their senior mentors. With each weekly meeting, the bonds of their friendship is strengthened, all while giving the senior's caregivers several hours to attend a support group, run errands or simply to enjoy some personal time. As one caregiver described the TimeOut program, "Those couple of hours really help me to feel like I can breathe."
Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s
The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s, a UCLA student group and national 501(c)(3), facilitated the reinstitution of the TimeOut program at UCLA in January 2016 through a partnership with the UCLA Division of Geratrics and funding from the Eisner Foundation. The organization plans to expand the number of students and patients involved as well as use the success from this model to expand several such programs across the nation. For more on their efforts, visit www.theyouthmovement.org.
Timeout featured in The Daily Bruin - TimeOut program connects students with seniors who have Alzheimer’s - Click here to read the article
Timeout featured on KABC Los Angeles. Click here to view the full story.