Donating teddy bears could help people with Alzheimer’s, dementia

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – People will have the opportunity to help improve the lives of those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s through an upcoming event.

Senior Education Ministries and Sycamore Manor are teaming up to host a drive-thru Teddy Bear Picnic.

It’s a free event that invites the public to bring new or gently-used teddy bears in exchange for a picnic.

The teddy bears will then be donated to people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

“If an Alzheimer’s patient has a teddy bear it often helps stimulate memories, improves their communication with family and other people in their lives, and generally their quality of life,” says Kathleen Conner, Sales Counselor at Sycamore Manor.

The Teddy Bear Picnic will take place on September 19 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Sycamore Manor, 222 S. 25th St. in Terre Haute.

Donated bears will be disinfected and distributed on September 21, which is World Alzheimer’s Day.

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