About the Founder

Marcia Haynes realized the need to provide more services for caregivers in our community while caring for her husband who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She began this journey by inviting professionals with experience in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to discuss and address the barriers of caregiving. The first goal of this group was to create a pamphlet that would provide families information and resources that were available within our community. The pamphlet was then distributed to physician offices and throughout the county. Click here to view pamphlet

Educating caregivers is essential. We provide educational programs featuring speakers that are leaders in the field of dementia and Alzheimer’s. We also support families by linking them to existing education and support programs offered throughout our community. Click here to view our upcoming events

Marcia & Fred Haynes

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 was essential. In 2015, we hosted the first annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Port Huron. We continue to celebrate the lives of those who are battling with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease while bringing caregivers and their families together. This annual event held on the last Sunday 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

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 Fred Haynes Dementia and Alzheimer’s Respite Care Fund provides grants for respite care for caregivers in St. Clair County. Click here to learn more about respite care grants

Offering a safe and nurturing environment for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease one or more days a week provides stimulation for the person, while allowing the caregiver a break. While we are fortunate to have two non-profit Adult Day programs in Port Huron, our group is also assessing the needs throughout our county and continue to explore the possibility for offering a day program in Marine City.

Despite the scientific advances in understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, there’s still much we do not know about the causes of dementing disorders and how to slow down or prevent them altogether. Research is the key to understanding dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and to work towards a cure. The resource committee supports the University of Michigan-Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center research programs. Click here for a complete list of studies and for more information

The Dementia & Alzheimer’s Resource Committee is committed to improving the lives of those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and to support their families. We are here to help.