Missouri church service caters to those with dementia

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP)   A Presbyterian church in southeast Missouri is reaching out to those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia with a service that caters to them.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 30 to 40 people typically attend the service on Sundays at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau.

Pastor Karen Dumey says an elder at the church came up with the idea after working with residents at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.

The service begins with 30 minutes of traditional hymns. Dumey says the old songs "nourish" people even if other memories are gone.

The remainder of the service includes readings from the Bible, a sermon, and an "exchange of peace" in which people can mingle and greet each other.

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