CHULA VISTA (NEWS 8) - A one of its kind daycare center for people with Alzheimer's disease, as well as other types of dementia, will soon be open to the public.
George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers teamed up with the San Diego Opera to build a town modeled after the 1950's.
The Town Square is located inside a Chula Vista warehouse that does not look like much from the outside.
Behind its doors is a place with so much detail because the hope is that dementia patients will be transported into a world they once knew.
The 5,000-square-foot space was designed to look like the 1950’s with 14 sections that include: a 1959 Thunderbird, a decked out diner and a museum displaying authentic uniforms and models.
Lisa Tyburski is the director of business development at George G. Glenner Alzheimer Family Centers.
She helped oversee construction of the Town Square when it began in 2016.
Two years later, the final product is ready to be unveiled to the public.
“This has been truly a labor of love,” she said.
The Town Square is the first of its kind center for dementia patients in the United States – replacing the monotony of regular daycare by igniting patient brains with memories of their past.
It’s a type of therapy known as reminiscence therapy – a method proven to improve mood and reduce agitation.
“We are not here to trick anybody. We are not here to convince anybody that it’s the fifties. What we are trying to do is just bring back memories that are the strongest,” said Tyburski.
Participants will spend between 45 minutes and an hour in each section with professionals guiding them along the way.
For example, in the story, participants will be able to try on clothes.
In the theater, they will be able to watch clips of old movies and talk about pictures on the wall.
At the library, the will be able to sit and read books from the 1950’s.
Work is already underway to open up Town Square franchises nationwide.
Family members can sign up their loved ones for a visit online.
Beginning Thursday through July 4, 2018, U.S. veterans and up to three guests may enjoy free admission to SeaWorld San Diego as well as other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties across the country. This new offer joins the ongoing Waves of Honor program that offers complimentary admission to any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman once per year, for the military personnel and as many as three direct dependents.
A San Diego family is continuing their fight for justice for their son after his accused killer, a twice deported undocumented immigrant, fled to Mexico.
Cooler than normal temperatures continue through Saturday. Marine layer clouds scatter by Friday afternoon, but persist through Saturday.
Amid an uptick of shootings across San Diego, on Thursday, community came together to discuss ways to stop gun violence in San Diego neighborhoods.
Crews dousing the smoldering remnants of a roughly 60-acre wildfire near Pala Casino had the burn area 100 percent contained Thursday night.
A terrifying scene played out in La Mesa earlier this week when an eighth grader was chased by a man with machetes on her way to school. The man accused – who allegedly had two machetes as he chased the 13-year-old girl – was shot by police and on Thursday was charged under unusual circumstances.
Imagine being at work, when suddenly your boss demands you stop what you're doing and take a break. In Thursday's Zevely Zone, Jeff's in the East Village with the San Diego Humane Society's first "kitten crash."
For four hours on Tuesday, a domestic violence suspect held police off with SWAT snipers positioned on rooftops in a Bay Terraces neighborhood. On Thursday, the man arrested answered to charges in court.
A furnace mishap at a South Bay funeral home briefly sent smoke from a crematorium into the air near the interchange of Interstate 5 and state Route 54 interchange Thursday, authorities reported.