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Girl Scout project helps memory patients

12:30 PM, Aug. 16, 2013  |  Comments
Sue Kruger, chaplain, from left, Claire Peterson and Jackie Frombach, manager of Patient Care Services, show memory boxes Peterson created and donated to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center for patients with Alzheimer's and dementia issues. The project helped her earn her Gold Award as a Girl Scout.
Sue Kruger, chaplain, from left, Claire Peterson and Jackie Frombach, manager of Patient Care Services, show memory boxes Peterson created and donated to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center for patients with Alzheimer's and dementia issues. The project helped her earn her Gold Award as a Girl Scout.
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As a certified nursing assistant, 18-year old Claire Peterson of Merrill knows first-hand the impact of Alzheimer's and dementia for patients, their families and caregivers.

Peterson is using that experience to raise awareness and offer support as she completes her Gold Award, the highest award that can be earned by Girl Scouts.

Ministry Good Samaritan Health center is one of several Merrill-area locations Peterson recently donated activity boxes for use with those with memory loss issues.

"I understand how hard it can be for caregivers and wanted to help them out," said Peterson.

"Items in the boxes should be familiar to patients from things they did in the past, and I hope to help trigger their memory and keep them active."

Peterson also participated in Ministry Good Samaritan's Health Care Career Internship program. As a member of Troop 7129, her Gold Award project is aimed at demonstrating civic awareness in a sustainable manner.

"These activity kits will make a wonderful addition to our available resources for our patients with Alzheimer's and dementia issues," said Jackie Frombach, manager of Patient Care Services at Ministry Good Samaritan. "We are grateful for Claire's project and know our patients, families and dedicated team of caregivers appreciate her efforts."

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