Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Chief Executive Officer Catherine James announced today that the Kirkpatrick Day Program, a social adult day program for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, will temporarily move to Missio Church, 620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, beginning on Thursday, February 19.
The Chapter was forced to move the program because of frozen water pipes at its building, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse. The pipes froze during the record-setting winter temperatures on February 16 and the persistent cold has prevented them from thawing, forcing the program’s closure on February 17 and 18. Chapter officials are concerned that any warm up in temperatures may result in water leaks or broken pipes.
“This move is necessary to protect the health and safety of our participants and staff in both the short- and long-terms,” James said. “If the water pipes do burst, we know that there will be significant cleanup and repair that will result. Moving our program ensures continuity and routine in the lives of the people we serve, even though the activities and services we provide will take place in a different location.”
James said that the move is temporary but could impact the day-to-day business of the day program for the next two weeks. The length of the relocation depends on when water is fully restored, and how much damage results if pipes do burst.
“We have worked with plumbers to make sure that every possible step to resolve these issues has been taken, but now it’s up to Mother Nature to do her job and create a thaw that will help us bring a resolution to this problem.”
Chapter staff reached out to numerous agencies in the area and were immediately welcomed by Missio Church. The program will use part of the building that currently houses the church’s youth ministries.
“We are blessed to live in a community willing to help us in our time of greatest need,” James said. “We hope we can pay our neighbors back for their generosity down the road.”
Though the day program has moved, the Chapter continues to operate and provide support services for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, visit alz.org or call 1-800-272-3900.