Organization’s “Baseball Memories” Sports Reminiscence Program Serves Families Affected by Dementia-Related Illnesses
NEW YORK (May 10, 2022) — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) welcomed The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), based in Phoenix, to its national network of member organizations. SABR offers a “Baseball Memories” sports reminiscence program for individuals with cognitive impairments and their caregivers.
“AFA works closely with our member organizations to help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and connect them with programs, services and support,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “We are very excited to have the Society for American Baseball Research as part of our member network and look forward to working with them to serve people living with Alzheimer’s.”
Scott Bush, CEO of the Society for American Baseball Research, said, “SABR is excited to partner with AFA and works with its network to expand and improve our reminiscence programming across the country.”
SABR’s Baseball Memories program utilizes baseball reminiscence to promote socialization and improve the quality of life of participants living with cognitive issues like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Individuals and their care partners are encouraged to gear up for the sessions in their team’s attire, share artifacts, and talk about their favorite players. Each session is customized to the specific interests of attendees and their community. SABR works with partners like the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s San Diego, and the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute to operate programs in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA; Cleveland, OH; Las Vegas, NV; Central Texas; Phoenix, AZ, St. Augustine, FL, and Westchester County, NY.
Baseball historian Jon Leonoudakis, national chair for SABR’s Baseball Memories program, started facilitating programs with Alzheimer’s Los Angeles in 2018. “Caregivers and some of our memory care partners tell us Baseball Memories has had a magical impact on participants, who are stimulated, open up, and come to life, sharing stories and engaging with others in the group. It’s been remarkably rewarding to witness the impact and build community with people in memory care.”
Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, SABR is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster the study, discussion, and understanding of all aspects of baseball. SABR members include fans, major and minor league baseball officials, broadcasters and writers, as well as numerous former players.
AFA works hand in hand with its member organizations to provide resources to families affected by Alzheimer’s, especially through its National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484) where licensed social workers can connect callers with services in their area.
More information about the services AFA and its member organizations provide can be found by visiting AFA’s website, www.alzfdn.org or calling AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484. The Helpline is available seven days a week.