Chris' ARK (Alzheimer's Resource Kit) was developed by Chris Talley, a former Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Southeast Hospital and Foundation staff member, Donna McLain. The idea for the kit came from Joanie Tally after caring for her husband, Chris, who was diagnosed with the disease at age 55.
The ARK contains an assortment of items for patients and caregivers which will provide comfort and a sense of purpose to the patients, resulting in improved behavior, less agitation and better rest.
Late stage Alzheimer's patients struggle every day with confusion, anxiety and stress. A special DVD contains filming of a serene aquarium, birds at a backyard feeder and other nature scenes aimed at providing comfort and familiarity to the late-stage Alzheimer's patient.
The ARK also contains a variety of informational materials for family and caregivers to help them gain more insight into this disease and its effects upon their loved one.
Since it's inception in October 2009, the program has sent out more than 400 kits to families affected by Alzheimer's. The kits spanned more than 28 states, coast to coast.
The Chris' ARK project is totally funded by donations from caring corporations and supporters. To make a donation and help ensure that Alzheimer's patients will continue to experience peace and pleasure, call the Foundation at (573) 986-6622 or email Kathi Mazzanti for more information.