The support group meets at the Highlands Center at WLU

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., September 18, 2022 – The Highlands Center at West Liberty University will host a new support group for people with dementia and their caregivers at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, which is open to the public .

“The WLU Speech and Hearing Clinic has partnered with 2022 Mrs. WV American Jami Myers, who holds a master’s degree in occupational therapy and specializes in geriatrics. Jami’s existing support group, called ‘Opportunities to Shine’, addresses brain changes resulting from neurogenic disorders, and the WLU branch will meet for the first time next Wednesday,” said Sara Alig, WLU speech pathologist and certified dementia practitioner. . .

Professor Alig is pleased to provide this new group with a meeting place to discuss the effects of brain changes secondary to disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“I support this initiative because one of our goals at the Speech and Hearing Clinic is to improve communication challenges for people of all ages. We want to help caregivers who need resources that will help them overcome these challenges that come with brain changes.

Sara Alig, MS CCC-SLP, CDP

The purpose of this group is to provide social support, educational resources, and preventative strategies for those living with a brain change, caring for someone with a brain change, or simply wanting to learn more about cognitive protection.

Myers said: “Dementia can leave you devastated and unable to see past the diagnosis. Teepa Snow’s positive approach to care provides hands-on, supported training so you can move into acceptance, open your mind to opportunity, and grow to live with positivity,” she added.

Originally from West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, Snow now lives outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Snow’s “life mission” is to shine a positive light on dementia. (See

Opportunities to Shine is a collaboration with Snow and her Positive Approach to Care (PAC) and Myers is a PAC certified trainer and coach.

The Highlands Center at WLU offers walk-in services to the community, with a variety of screenings available. Students enrolled in WLU College of Science health science programs, under the supervision of professional instructors, perform the screenings.

WLU’s Speech and Language Pathology and Hearing Clinic, located in the Campbell Hall of Health Sciences on WLU’s main campus, offers walk-in services to the community, with a variety of screenings, assessments, and treatments available. Students enrolled in WLU’s health science programs, under the supervision of professional instructors, deliver the services provided.

The speech therapy clinic offers speech therapy and hearing services for ages 2 and up.

Contact the WLU Speech and Hearing Clinic for more information about both services and the new Opportunities to Shine support group at 304-336-8199 or [email protected]

Virginia S. Braud