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Lane County Opens New Program For People Afflicted With Brain Injuries, Cognitive Problems

Fechi Fajardo

A new day service center for people suffering from cognitive disabilities or brain injuries opens Tuesday in Eugene. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Sheltercare is opening the Uhlhorn Day Services Center at the Emmaus Lutheran Church on West 18th Avenue. It’ll serve patients diagnosed with Alzheimers, Parkinsons Disease, dementia, and other issues.  The center also provides family and caregiver support referrals, and support groups.

Susan Ban is ShelterCare’s Executive Director.  She says this type of service center has been long due for the area.

“There are nearly two dozen in the state that serve this population," says Ban.  "Lane County hasn’t had one.  And we’ve been encouraged by the state for some years to take a look at opening one, and it seemed like the right time.”

Ban adds that the Uhlhorn Day Services Center accepts Medicaid.  A $60,000 grant from PacificSource helped launch the program.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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