This past weekend, the Dietert Center lost a couple of our special friends.
Dr. Dan Bacon has been coming to the center on Thursdays since 2013 to play trombone in the Jam Band. As he helped the band serenade our dancers and music lovers, he was continuing to provide his service of giving back to our community.
He was my first doctor when I moved to Kerrville, and my husband is one of those more than 3,500 babies that he delivered. What a wonderful legacy and history he has here in Kerrville, and we are all so lucky to have known and experienced him.
Diane, our Dietert Center Development Director, is mourning the loss of her husband, Jess Asper. They have been traveling the five-year journey of dementia together. Jess was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a form of frontotemporal dementia, at the age of 55 years old. In my short time knowing Jess, he was a delight to be around. Always smiling and eager to engage and communicate in spite of his challenges. He is someone that I will never forget. In addition to touching my life, he touched the lives of so many others in our Take Five Club, including participants, leaders and volunteers.
Diane was so dedicated to him and his loving care. She worked odd hours so that she would be assured he had the best of care at all times and that she would still have special time together with him. Over the course of this journey, Diane and Jess attended our Early Stage Memory Loss class, and Diane continued with the Family Caregiving class, Stress Busting for Caregivers class and regularly attended the Family Support Groups.
Seeing this journey unfold before my very eyes reminds me that our Dementia Care Advocates program is unique and very essential to our community. Anyone having memory loss concerns or those family caregivers looking for knowledge and support need to give Peggy Pilkenton, our DCA coordinator, a call to visit about your situation and see how the Dietert Center is able to assist you during this journey. I have realized that these classes are so important for people of all ages and situations.
My father lived with vascular dementia for more than eight years and passed away 11 years ago. Had I been able to attend these informative classes then, I feel that I would have experienced our journey a lot differently and a lot better for him and my family. Come learn about what might be happening to us and our loved ones in the future. Knowledge is power.
We want to continue providing much-needed resources to the seniors and community members of all ages, so mark your calendars for our special celebration on July 27 to commemorate the Dietert Center 50th anniversary. The band Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes will entertain us with their wonderful and energetic performance.
Table sponsorship and ticket information can be requested by contacting us soon to reserve your decade you want to represent. You are welcome to dress according to that decade or just come as you are to see everyone else’s memory of times gone by.
We are going to have a “blast from the past.”
Club Ed has some great learning opportunities coming up, including a new class, Cute as a Button Cardmaking, set for today.
The popular classes to plan for your medical and estate future return, including Elder Law & Medicaid for Long-term Care today and Estate Planning 101 on June 18.
PASTRIES AND LUNCH
Chef Karen Privett is filling the pastry case with some of her famous items and new recipes. This week, we have no-gluten lemon bars (my favorite), no-gluten chocolate fudge pecan cookies, English muffins (citrus) and assorted cookie plates.
Stop by for a special item for that afternoon break or place your order for your own special items to take home. Check in at the front desk for order forms.
Area residents also are reminded that we serve lunch every weekday in our dining room.
We will serve coconut chicken today, pork cutlet on Friday, krabby cakes on Monday, herbed baked chicken on Tuesday and beef and pasta Italiano on June 19.
Brenda Thompson is the executive director of the Dietert Center.