Using improvisation to help Alzheimer’s caregivers on May 17th

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

AlzSDFotoLaughingElderlyLadyThe Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, and Alzheimer’s San Diego, a local, independent nonprofit organization providing care and support for San Diego families, will jointly present “Living in the Moment: A Workshop for Caregivers,” from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 17, at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa. Admission is free.

The workshop will discuss how improvisation, the act of responding to a developing situation or problem without preparation and making it up as you go, can be a useful skill for caregivers when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It will help caregivers learn new techniques for responding and connecting to a person who is experiencing confusion or disorientation by letting go and joining them in the moment. Speakers will include: Amy Abrams, education and outreach manager, Alzheimer’s San Diego; Vanessa Elle, Yes Living, a personal counselor and improvisation  instructor; Chris Nielson, a coach specializing in improvisation, entrepreneurship, sales, leadership, parenting and masculine practices.

To RSVP for this workshop, call (858) 492-4400 or visit Alzheimer’s San Diego is a local nonprofit organization providing free programs and services to the more than 60,000 San Diegans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and the additional 150,000 people who love and care for them, while helping to advance local research for a cure.

The Grossmont Healthcare District is an East County regional public agency formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles. For more information about GHD, visit