Our support is for the caregiver as well. We frequently help families transition to the next stage in their journey such as placing their loved one in a board and care, skilled nursing facility, or hospice. We want our families to know that they are not alone in this journey. Our weekly support group provides an outlet where they can share their experiences, receive and give advice, as well as meet representatives from various agencies throughout the county.
Making the transition to an adult day program is not easy, but the warm and homelike environment of our center gives you the feeling of a “home away from home.” Our wonderful staff and volunteers make up the warm and caring environment that is the Glenner South Bay Center.
Program Director Bernicemina Molina, M.S.W.
What started out as a temporary internship at San Diego State University turned into a career choice for Program Director Bernicemina Molina. As a psychology intern at an adult day program she first experienced working with those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. She says, “I remember hearing about the lack of education and the stigma surrounding the disease.” Towards the end of her internship her grandfather passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s. She wanted to know more about how to help this population. Bernice went on to pursue her master’s degree in social work at the University of Southern California where she had the opportunity to work with elderly veterans who suffered from Alzheimer’s.
She joined the Glenner organization in September 2011. “I may not have had the chance to help my grandfather, but I now have the opportunity to help other families by offering support and sharing the valuable resources available to them throughout the county,” she says. “The smiles on the participant’s faces and the gratitude of their families are what fuel my passion.”
Activity Coordinator Ana Salas
Before joining the South Bay Center, Ana was a scheduling manager in a homecare agency and worked for twelve years with a mobile optometrist. She often heard how difficult it was to work with people with memory impairment. She recalled her own grandfather who had Alzheimer’s and the many challenges that her family went through in caring for him.
She joined the Glenner organization so that she could work directly with this population. She says, “I wanted to have a more direct impact in the lives of seniors with memory loss and help meet the huge need in our Hispanic community in understanding the disease and the care of a loved one.”
Five years later, Ana remains the activity coordinator for the South Bay Center. “When I come to work every day, I love seeing the look on the faces of the participants when they are enjoying an activity or a scheduled performer. I enjoy the feeling of being a part of an extended family; the kind of special bond that I have built with the participants,” she says. “Working with this population is what I love to do.”
Nina Caldwell, R. N., since August 2012
Carmelita Allanigue, C. N. A., program assistant, since August 2006
Laura M. Aribuabo, program assistant, since November 2000
Cindy M. Avila, R. N., since December 2011
Patricia Campbell, secretary, since November 2000
Jesus Leon, C. N. A., program assistant, since November 2004
Lois Lerma, R. N., since January 1995
Moyses J. Oliden, S.W., program assistant, since September 2011
Rebeca Zazueta, lead program assistant, since February 2006
Our support group meets Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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