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New dementia day program at Huron Lodge features podcasting studio

A new day program for people with dementia opened in Windsor on Thursday, and one of its amenities is a podcasting studio.

"Daybreak at the Lodge" held grand opening Thursday

Education and support coordinator Andrew Berthiaume and client Greg McCullough talk in the podcasting studio located in "Daybreak at the Lodge." (Tony Smyth/CBC)

The Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County officially opened the doors to its second adult day program Thursday afternoon.

Called "Daybreak at the Lodge," the program is located inside Huron Lodge, a municipally-owned long-term care facility on Cabana Road.

The space can accommodate 15 clients, three days a week, and according to the Society, is already at 65 per cent capacity. Clients can go for walks, play piano, read books — and even record a podcast or video.

Afternoon Drive's Jonathan Pinto visited the studio Thursday. Tap to hear more.

A new day program for people with dementia opened in Windsor today — and its amenities include a podcasting studio. Jonathan Pinto dropped by to find out more. 5:27

"We had this idea a couple months ago when we were opening up this new location," explained education and support coordinator Andrew Berthiaume. "We said, 'how can we further listen to our clients?' They have so many stories."

Berthiaume spoke to CBC News while assisting Greg McCullough, a client of the program who is a retired high school teacher and athlete.

Greg McCullough holds up one of his race bibs. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

"Greg brings his backpack and he has literally everything. He has his [race bibs] that he wore," Berthiaume said. "It's just nice because these memories could be lost, right — so [we wanted to] preserve these things and maybe create an artifact for them."

Currently, studio recordings are for private, family use, but Berthiaume says the plan is to eventually release recordings to the public as a podcast. He also hopes to open the studio and equipment for community use.

About the Author

Jonathan Pinto is a reporter/editor at CBC Windsor, primarily assigned to Afternoon Drive, CBC Radio's regional afternoon show for southwestern Ontario. Email jonathan.pinto@cbc.ca.