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Hamburg respite marking 20 years

I still remember what the wife whose husband had Alzheimer's Disease told me 20 years ago: "You must be a downright liar to get along with a person like this," she said.

Peggy Juhl of Eden was married to her husband for 50 years, and was dealing with the strange things the disease did to him. One night he woke up at 2:15 a.m. and insisted there was a man in the bed.

So she got a newspaper and "whacked the bed a few times," and told him the man was gone. Her husband went back to sleep. I don't think she was as lucky.

"This is the hand I've been dealt. I've got to play with it, and I'm not a good card player," Peggy Juhl told me.

She was able to get a needed break during the day by taking her husband to the new Adult Day Services in Hamburg.

The center will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dinner dance from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Town of Hamburg Senior Community Center.

The center is for seniors and adults whose disabilities prevent them from being able to attend other programs. Attendance can be for full or half days and does not require town residency.

The cost for the dinner is $40 per person or $75 per couple. For more information, call the program at 646-0255. All proceeds will support programming and entertainment for the program participants.



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