The Alzheimer center in Ashrafieh, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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"I feel like we're back to our school days," Lamia said before rejoining the singalong.Sharing stories of their families, members of the Alzheimer's Association's day care center seem like old friends. But in the span of their memories, most have known each other only for a couple of hours. The center follows a nonclinical approach, engaging patients – referred to as "members" – in social, cognitive and physical activities.After lunchtime, the group headed to the arts room to make cards for Father's Day – celebrated Thursday in Lebanon – assisted by a young team of two psychologists and a public health specialist, along with the patient's own helpers. Psychologist Emma Daou, 23, said despite the inevitable memory loss, the center focuses on slowing down the process.Khater said frustrations with patients and their families are inevitable.
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