Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) would like to welcome Marissa Demes to its Board of Directors. The Board provides leadership for carrying out AFC’s mission for creating happier and healthier days for families suffering from memory loss.
A longtime resident of Orange County, Demes has an extensive history of giving back to the community. She has held positions in various service organizations such as the Kiwanis of Huntington Beach, the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley, and the Assistance League, Dreamcatchers Auxiliary.
Demes’ career history has primarily been in the banking industry. Currently, she is the Regional Banking Manager for Pacific Premier Bank. Before that, she worked at Citibank and Wells Fargo.
“I feel that as the population gets older and people live longer, there will be an increased need for services involving the elderly, and I would like to be a part of that growth,” she said. “I would like to be a part of an organization that is looking to provide services to this growing need and segment of our society.”
Demes is the 17th member of AFC’s Board of Directors. Mary Lou Shattuck is the current chair.
About Alzheimer’s Family Center
Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is Orange County’s only adult day health care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for dementia patients. AFC has a 38-year history of improving the quality of life of families challenged by memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Patients benefit through customized programming tailored to the needs of each individual, from the earliest to the most advanced stages of dementia. Families find respite from the demands of caregiving, and the assurance that their loved one is receiving expert memory care, delivered with dignity and respect.
Recent studies show that AFC makes a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of its patients. Our patients experience over 50% fewer falls and a 33% reduction in emergency room visits within 12 months of enrollment in AFC’s programs. As a result, AFC family caregivers find the responsibilities of caregiving to be more manageable when their loved ones are home, away from the center. AFC also provides family caregivers with support and referrals to manage the medical, emotional, and financial challenges of caring for a memory-impaired loved one.