BATON ROUGE - Members of the LSU women's basketball team spent last weekend meeting and greeting individuals with early to mild stages of Alzheimer's disease at Charlie's Place in Baton Rouge.
The student-athletes introduced themselves, played games and told stories during their time there.
"I had a great time with everyone there," said junior forward Theresa Plaisance. "They were so much fun to be around. Being able to give back to the community is something we have always loved doing because everyone in this community has been supportive of us. We got to play horseshoes and I got beat pretty badly."
Charlie's Place with Services of the Capital Area serves a mission to make a significant difference in the lives of those coping with Alzheimer's disease in the Baton Rouge area. The center is designed to provide cognitive stimulation and social interaction while providing respite for the caregiver. Different clients come each day and each day is planned out to the minute with activities, games, trivia, exercise, music therapy and more.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It's predicted to affect one in 85 people globally by 2050. Awareness for the disease grew even popular in college athletics circles when Tennessee legendary head coach Pat Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in August 2011.
LSU and all 14 teams in the Southeastern Conference this season will once again raise awareness during "We Back Pat" week, January 13-20. The week-long initiative is focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and its fight against Alzheimer's disease.