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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa has partnered with local organizations to help caregivers “raise up” their parents, as part of the Community Health and Wellness Group Team Leaders for the Tuscaloosa Area Care Coalition Charter (TACCC). The group is led by Home Instead Senior Care and the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service, with local organizations as supporting members.

The TACCC — a task force of leaders from the West Alabama region — meet once a month to brainstorm various goals designed to impact the greater community.

In May, the Community Health and Wellness Group team leaders hosted “Raising Up Your Parents,” a care resource conference for seniors, families and healthcare practitioners, aimed at “increasing the number of nights spent at home for Medicare beneficiaries, and reducing number of readmissions to healthcare facilities,” according to Dr. Sarah Pederson, community relations director at Morning Pointe, and member of the TACCC’s Community Health and Wellness Group.

Members of the task force helped plan and implement the conference, networking with medical professionals, and connecting with families seeking assisted living and memory care options for their loved ones.

Morning Pointe has introduced a number of educational events and support group resources aimed at Alzheimer’s caregivers to help them navigate senior healthcare and long-term care planning. The assisted living and memory care community hosts an Alzheimer’s support group every fourth Thursday of the month, at 12:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

A free financial planning night will be held June 5, led by guest speakers Attorney Melanie Bradford Holliman and Doug Marshall from Alabama Family Trust. Morning Pointe will also host the “Rockathon” fundraiser on June 21, to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The day-long event includes a caregiver information session from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

“Our goal is to be the leading resource for senior care in the West Alabama region,” says Dr. Pederson. “Morning Pointe provides quality choices and peace of mind for our residents and their families. We want to be a hand ready to hold, so we can navigate the long-term planning process together.”