Volunteers and participants in a Memory Matters day program enjoy dancing together. COURTESY MEMORY MATTERS

Memory Matters is adding an additional in-person Memory Care class in the New Year.

Beginning Jan. 4, a third in-person Compass program will be available weekly. The addition of the class will allow those who live with mild to moderate levels of memory loss to come to Memory Matters three days a week to receive socialization and stimulation through exercise, creative arts, music, pet therapy, and brain engagement.

These classes are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Not only do the participants of this class benefit, but so do the caregivers who receive respite during the same time period. This break for the caregivers is vital to their own self-care, as well as knowing their loved one is being cared for and receiving engaging experiences.

“COVID-19 closed our doors to programing from March 2020 until March 2021,” said Mary Doyle, Memory Matters executive director.

“Since then, we’ve been gradually adding in-person programming to our schedule.”

The Wednesday afternoon in-person Connections class, for those who have just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or another cognitive impairment, will still be available from 1 to 3 p.m.

Virtual classes for both Connections and Compass will continue to be offered. To learn more about both classes, visit mymemorymatters.org/programs-and-services.

Alongside the expansion of Connections and Compass, Memory Matters is also able to offer in-person support groups once again. Since March 2020, support groups have been conducted online, but beginning this month attendees can come in person or continue participating virtually.

In order to comfortably accommodate support group members, spaces to participate in person will be limited to 13. There are six support groups throughout the month, meeting on different days. There is a men’s group, a women’s group, and four co-ed groups. For the full schedule visit the events page on the website.

Support groups are free and allow family members of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia a safe place to be heard, validated, find community, and learn about resources and caregiving tips.

Founded in 1997 on Hilton Head Island Memory Matters is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that provides compassionate memory care and optimizes brain wellness through education, programs, and support for individuals, caregivers, and our community.

For more information, call 843-842-6688 or visit mymemorymatters.org.