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Press Invited To Cover Alzheimer’s Intervention Plan Sponsored By Rotary

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FREDERIKSTED – The Rotary Club of St. Croix Mid-Isle is pleased to invite all press to the opening event of the Herbert Grigg home for the aged Multi-Sensory Therapy for residents who are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease on November 21st at 10am at Herbert Grigg.

This project, which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean, is a collaborative partnership with the Herbert Grigg Home, Rotary Mid-Isle, Rotary of Grand Cayman, Quantum CT and Diageo USVI.

The Multi Sensory Environment (MSE) is designed with two goals in mind: to promote intellectual activity and to encourage relaxation.  An MSE is a comfortable, safe, dedicated space of room where sensory stimulation can be controlled (intensified or reduced) presented in isolation or combination, package for active or passive interaction, and matched to fit the perceived motivation, interests, leisure, relaxation, therapeutic and/or educational needs of the user.

These rooms are not only about equipment, but important for the interaction and relationships.  The environment allows an individual to explore and experience sensory input at this or her own space.  The caregiver’s purpose is to encourage, facilitate and allow self-choice.

Most MSE rooms offer a wide range of choices, and provide a variety of stimuli including a wonderful blend of sights, sounds, and textures.  Other things found in an MSE room include lighting effects and orbiting images, sound effects, tactile experiences, cause/effect, soft items, selected rhythmical music, sensory activities, tasting experience, and motion stimulation, and much more.

The MSE program goal is based on a well-documented approach to neurological cognition and emotional development through multiple sensory environments and kinesthesia in a dynamic recreation, educational, and therapeutic setting.  The programs positive effects of multi-sensory environments can improve the health, social well-being, and quality of life of persons with severe and profound intellectual disabilities, and the elderly.

Please join Rotary Mid-Isle, our Rotary District Governor, Felix Stubbs, and other members of our community for this historic event for our island on November 21st at 10 a.m. at Herbert Grigg.  

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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