Welcome to Memory Matters
Memory Matters Utah & Nevada
To reduce isolation and increase wellness for individuals with dementia and their caregivers through activities, support, education, and consultations.
Communities empowered to support individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer's and Dementia.
We serve our community, person to person, with compassion, responsiveness, integrity and professionalism.
"True compassion and caring! This local non profit gives it everything they have to provide excellent programs and services. What a real asset to this So Utah community. Memory Matters provides personal compassionate care, while competing for funds with National BIG names that provide no real local help or compassion. If it's important to you to give and support those that help caregivers and those with memory loss, I encourage to give locally to Memory Matters."
- Mitzi Sullivan
"They are such a great help to those with memory issues. Caring & loving people there!"
- Jeannie Turpin
"Amazing resource for families dealing with memory loss. Nicest people."
- Louise Marchant
"Such a wonderful, loving group of people!"
- Terry Witkowski
"I've had the pleasure of working with Luann and Janet. The things they do for families affected with Alzheimer's and Dementia is amazing. You can sense their passion for helping people upon meeting them. Their open hearts and unconditional love for these families is obvious. Such a great support for those in the community!"
- Jeremy Zesiger
"I am writing to tell you how much I appreciate what you do for my husband. Bill seems so happy when he comes home after associating with all those at Memory Matters. If there is anything I can do to help you continue to expand such a needed service to the community please let me know! I am indebted to your kindness to those whose lives have been altered by this limiting disease."
- Carolyn Doughty
"My husband, Wayne, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's/Dementia. I was happy to care for this wonderful man, but I did soon discover that caregiving is physically and emotionally exhausting. I am so grateful I was directed to Memory Matters! They provided counseling and resources.
The Caregiver's Support Group was very helpful. As this awesome group of caregivers told their own stories, I learned I was not alone, and others had it more difficult than I.
The group was always non-judgmental. There was laughter and a few tears. The weekly meetings were a stress release for me. I was able to go back home and care to my husband with renewed energy. Sadly, my husband passed away in December 2020.
I will forever be blessed that Memory Matters and all of it's great, supportive people were in my life. Thank you, Memory Matters, from the bottom of my heart."
- Terri Shamo
"When we were contemplating moving Mom from my house I felt so much guilt! I was really having a hard time with the decision when I received one of your newsletters that talked about Caretaker stress. As I read the article the tears flowed. I can't describe the validation I felt in knowing I wasn't a horrible daughter, that the feelings I was having were real and normal to caretakers. I'm so grateful for that timely newsletter. Even after mom left my house it took me a good 4-5 week's to not have that down feeling.
I really did believe I would have mom until she died and that it was my calling to do so, so you can imagine the guilt I went through when I just couldn't do it anymore. I had people tell me that I looked gaunt in spirit - that being a caretaker along with other family stresses were taking its toll on me.
I want to say a big THANK YOU for what you are doing to help people in this situation. I never dreamed I'd ever be experiencing this with my mother! Having your help as we began the journey of learning how to care for her was heaven sent.
It really does help to have some one to talk to who knows what you're experiencing. I've wanted to tell you what a big impact you had on me and how grateful I am that I was lead to Memory Matters."
- Jerri Gibson
"Memory Matters has a mission to reduce isolation and increase wellness for its participants and caregivers. However, this non-profit’s hopeful, healing, and welcome spirit reach farther than just the individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. LuAnn and her amazing crew welcomed me into their warm environment and sacrificed their time, energy, and finances to provide me with a summer job.
From the moment I walked into their office, I could feel their love and acceptance of me and their passion to serve and bless as many other souls as they could. I have watched as their mission to bring connection and healing has reached participants, caregivers, families, and even the community!
I am truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful, impactful mission that reaches out to the lonely and tucks them under their wing. To anyone considering Memory Matters Utah, this is the place where you or your loved ones will truly find compassion, connection, and healing because your memory truly matters to them! You are not alone!"
- Sarah McCammon
"Dear LuAnn and Janet:
Deborah and I, with 60 years plus combined of nursing experience, have never encountered a facility such as yours that allows a person with dementia, etc. to have such expert personal care. This care allows the family to keep their loved ones at home as long as possible with breaks for us caregivers. We have not found anything comparable while researching other states.
The average cost of nursing care in a home with a CNA or many other often inexperienced caregivers is approximately $24.00 an hour. This still does not give the caregiver, usually family member, any respite in their own home. The caregiver (family member) still needs to prepare the food. There are few options such as socialization and entertainment for the patient in their
own home. Many times the nurse herself needs attention through Training. Video cameras should be in the home. They are also using your home as theirs, using utilities, food, paper goods, etc.
In retrospect it is far more advantageous and healthier for the client to be outside of the home for short periods where they can socialize, eat, and have professionals who are trained in dementia care. Music, puzzles, crafts, and brain games are all a huge bonus they would not get if being cared for by a CNA at home. People with dementia still follow their loved ones around, therefore there is no real relief.
We greatly agree and have spoken with other family members of your clients that you should have a price increase immediately from $18.00 to 20.00 dollars per hour for all your expert exemplary care. Your facility is truly unique and much needed. We are hoping by raising your fees that you will be able to add Fridays and lengthen your hours if possible.
Thank you for your services."
- Deborah and Brenda Breeding
"After Covid-19 lockdowns calmed, my recently diagnosed dementia husband and I, attended Memory Matters Weekly Wednesday Meetings at Metcalf Mortuary. The testimonies one hears during those meetings are so valuable to a spouse or family caregiver. the value is a one on one exchange of a whole range of topics regarding all levels of dementia. It is so rewarding, while sometimes heartbreaking, to learn these lessons and at times interspersed with the laughter of a shared human moment.
For me, these meetings have become as essential as daily drinking my 8 glasses of water. And for my husband, he can't wait each Wednesday to meet with Nurse Kathy and go with the other dementia patients into their separate workroom. He may have decreased abilities but she pulls the best out of him and he looks forward to it with an eagerness that I rarely see these days.
LuAnn Lundquist and Janet labrum are most generous with their time, always gracious, and very experienced to lead our group. This Memory Matters Group is vital to our St. George community and surrounding areas. I pray the Lord keeps this group thriving and growing. I absolutely don't know how I ever could have handled our situation without it. Every meeting something new is learned and awareness is expanded."
- Jenyth Bramwell
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