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Day care for the elderly

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Day care isn't just for toddlers. It's also for senior citizens, especially those with progressive memory loss.

In Houston, Sheltering Arms is one of just two day centers devoted to caring for people with dementia.

One of them is 87-year-old Alberta Jones Seaton, a retired embryologist whose daughter Elizabeth is also her caregiver.

"Oh my gosh," exclaimed Elizabeth Seaton, "Sheltering Arms is a lifeline. Sheltering Arms is a way for my mom to still socialize but she can socialize to her abilities."

Seaton can afford the modest fee for her mother's care. But many others can't. And for them – just like at college – there are scholarships.

"The scholarships are extremely important to us," explained Katie Scott, director of Sheltering Arms' day center. "It allows us the ability to give people that don't have any other options a chance."

This year, the scholarship fund will benefit from Thursday's Parsley Charity Golf Classic at the Redstone Golf Club in Humble.

"Our father passed away of Alzheimer's," explained Bob Parsley, who for the past 10 years has organized the golf tournament, with the help of his 9 siblings. "We wanted to establish a scholarship for Sheltering Arms and their day center."

According to the World Health Organization, the number of people living with dementia will double by the year 2030 and more than triple by 2050.

"There's definitely a growing demand," said Dan Parsley. "Just the challenge of continuing to fund their operation - like many non-profits - they need support."

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For more information on Sheltering Arms Senior Services' Adult Day Center, click here:

http://www.shelteringarms.org/services/dayCenter/day_center.php

To learn about the Parsley Charity Golf Classic on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, click here:

http://www.shelteringarms.org/calendar/ParsleyGolfClassic.php

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