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i_ Hays Free Press February 6, 2013 NEIGHBORS Page 5C 50-year-resident revels in the history of ranch BY BRAD ROLLINS including closure of horses on campus for equestrian-based the farm business in therapies. 1970, the opening of a "The idea used to be that young peo- Reprinted from the August 31, 2011 nursing home in 1982 ple would come here and live and learn Hays Free Press and, later, assisted to work on a ranch and someday they living and indepen- could get a job on a ranch. There aren't "arbridge was a working ranch in dent living areas, that many ranch jobs around anymore 1959 when Robert McLaughlin"Coming here is so the programs have kind of changed probably thebest over the years," said Barbara Bush, Mar- . came there to live, a place where thing that ever bridge's admissions coordinator. the residents - 18 developmentally dis- abled young men - awoke at 5 a.m. and happened to me,' Instead of ranching, residents choose worked throughout the day. McLaughlin said. from 150 different classroom and field A year later, the ranch expanded its Ed and Marge MCLAUGHLIN programs ranging from archery and her- operations as a full-fledged dairy farm. Bridges founded Mar- ticulture to crafts and choir. Marbridge's "Then we had to start getting up at bridge in 1953 for their son, Jim, and six drum therapy program was developed by four" to milk the 85 cows before sunrise, other developmentally disabled young Jan Berry, one of the Beach Boys who was McLaughlin, now 70, says with a laugh. "It men. McLaughlin arrived six years later, severely injured in an automobile accident was hard work but it's been a good life." when he was 18 and having trouble par- Of the 250 or so residents who live ticipating in public schools in San Saba, in one of Marbridge homes today,where he lived with his aunt and uncle McLaughlin has lived the longest- more following the death of both his parents than five decades - at the Manchaca bythe time he was 10 years old. home for people with cognitive disorders Now spread across 170 acres on Bro- and developmental disabilities. In his die Lane near the Hays County line, years there, he has seen many changes Marbridge has long retired its agricul- ture program, although it does still have in 1966 that left him partially paralyzed. The real difference for residents who live here is the sense of community with other people navigating a strange world. "The social interaction is huge here. Oftentimes these people with cognitive disorders feel isolated but here they have neighbors and they have friends," Bush said. Alzheimer's Continued from pg. 1C things easily and now I can hardly do that anymore. What bothers me the most is what it does to him." She may want to consider herself fortunate to have a caregiver like Roberto. The Alzheimer's Association es- timates that about 800,000 Americans with the disease live alone and about half of them have no identifiable caregiver. And the risks associated with having Alzheimer's and living alone are higher, including inadequate self- care, malnutrition, un- treated medical conditions, falls, wandering from home unattended and accidental deaths. But Roberto said he has to worry about those risks with Lynda, too. "She will sometimes get lost in our house," he said. "She just can't remember where she is." "There are times when I turn around and go, where am I?" she added. Most times, it will come back to her, she said. "Alzheimer's has cre- ated a new normal for us," Roberto added. Seemingly calm and even-tempered, Roberto said he occasionally gets mad at Alzheimer's. "I'm not mad at Lynda, I'm just mad at the dis- ease," he said. "I know she's my wife but the disease is changing her and taking her away from me." A day after the interview, Sierra called to share a story about his wife. "Before my niece died in 1997, Lynda was in her hos- pital room. She made Lynda promise to help her look beautiful for her funeral," he said. Sierra said his niece was buried in Lynda's wedding dress. "I just wanted people to know the kind of woman she is," he said. I Buda, Texas 15300 S. 1H-35 312-1115 1 Prince Your Hometown McDonald's McDonald's of Buda ~' i 15359 IH-35, Ste B J~ :/ PO Box t364, 8uda, TX 78610 :| | | 512"312"238"I / J / Locally owned and operated ~1 d" by Jimmy and Clndl Ferg .... 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Buda The FaBowship at Plum Creek Meets at Negley Elemantary in Plum Creek Word of Life Christian Faith Center 400 Old Post Road, Kyls PENTECOSTAL Mlsion de Casa de Orecion S, Hwy. 81, Kyls Naw Life Sanctuary Kyle 18869 iH 35 North La Quinta Inn Meeting Room PRESBYTERIAN St. John's Presbyterian Church 12420 Hewltt Ln.. Manchaca First Presbyterian Church 410 W. HutcNson. San Maroon, TX 78666 UNITED CHURCH OF C.,HRI~T Trinity United Chuch of Niederwald 13700 Camino Real, Hwy, 21. Niederwaid __ J CENTEX MATERIALS LLC FM 2770, Bud& Texas 295-4801 ., | DEBBIE THAMES, AGENT | | 251 N. FM 1626. Bldg. 2, Ste. C. Buda. Texas 78610 J 312-1917 j) TEXAS LEHIGH1 CEMENT CO. LPJ ,o o to I www'HaysFreePressVc /NEWS LETTERS |CALENDAR PH DIRECTORY OF LOCAL CHURCHES Prayer for % the City 7/ You are Invited Thursdays, 7:15 - 7:45 p.m. A half-hour of candlelight, simple Taize chant, PRIMERA IGLESlA BAUTISTA DE BUDA 104 S. San Marcos Street 512-295-8768 Buda United Methodist Church , Elm Street & San Marcos ~11 Traditional Worship (Worship Center)-9 a.m. ~=~= "" Sunday School (all ages)-lO:15 a.m. 1 IlL Contemporary Worship - ~ (Worship Center)-ll a.m. Rev. Nancy Day Office 295-6981, Parsonage 512-393-9772 ' flays flills :~" ~"~':i~!' .i. Baptist ChHrch ................ .. Classes for all ages at 9:15 and 10:45 /' :"~"