The MOT Senior Center, 300 S. Scott St., Middletown, announced that it has received a $1,000 Jean Griswold Foundation Grant Award.

This award was in support of a new program designed specifically for people in the early stages of memory loss due to a new diagnosis of one of the several forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairments.

The Jean Griswold Foundation's vision is a future in which all seniors, including those with limited financial means, will have the opportunity to age with dignity in the comfort of their own homes. In order to carry out that vision, the foundation gives back to the communities they serve. The MOT Mind Matters program was one of the organizations chosen.

Mind Matters began in January and will serve 12-14 people with memory loss from the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area. Mind Matters is sponsored in part by a grant from the state. The goal is to slow the progression of the disease by focusing on cognitive stimulation, nutrition and exercise. In addition, the group will be able to form a social support network and learn about the condition affecting them.

A typical day in the program may include social discussions about the previous week's activities, exercise to increase blood flow, a series of games or activities designed to stimulate memory and education about their condition and what they can expect in the future.

Caregivers will be offered education and information about what their spouse or loved one is and will be experiencing.

Space in the program is limited. Evaluations of potential participants will be scheduled upon calling 378-4758 Tuesdays or Fridays.