Meet Mercedes

100 years
Mercedes is about to turn 101. She is doing amazing, and her family credits her longevity in most part to her long-term engagement with the Easterseals Adult Day Care facility at Civic Center.
At 89 Mercedes was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease which has increased to include Lewy Body Dementia over the last eleven years. The family enrolled her in the program over 10 years ago to keep her mind active and to continue her habit of social activities. She was a pharmacist until 89 years old and the treasurer of the Cuban American Association in Exile for over 40 years. Her social life with professional colleagues and the longtime friends circle was vast. She was always
busy with luncheons and hosting continuous education events for pharmacists to upgrade their professional degrees. She has outlived all her friends and business colleagues, so attending Easterseals three days a week keeps her active and engaged mentally and socially with new friends. It helps her stay on a routine, she sleeps better and is less anxious.
Most of all, Mercedes has fun and enjoys her time playing games (dominos is her favorite) with the help of other clients and staff as her eyesight is compromised, and getting out of her house and recliner to enjoy time with friends.
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