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Day Star Activity and Respite Center, Inc. records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-172

Scope and Contents

This collection includes by-laws, board minutes, calendars, newsletters and correspondence from the Day Star Activity and Respite Center, Inc. in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1987 to 1997 regarding the organization and its activities.


  • 1987-1997

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Administrative History

Day Star Activity and Respite Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit, United Way agency, providing a therapeutic program for older adults suffering from Alzheimer's disease or related memory disorders, and providing support for family caregivers. Founded in 1987 through the efforts of Dr. Gary Meunier, director of Ball State University's Institute of Gerontology; Rev. Ron Naylor, First Presbyterian Church; and Sandra Worthen, then a student at the Institute and a primary care giver of an Alzheimer patient, the Center was established because of a perceived lack of support for these patients and for their families. When it was established, the Center was one of a very few in Indiana and the first in the Muncie community. The Center is managed by an executive director, with the aid of professional nurses on staff and volunteers. A nine-member Advisory Board sets policy. Services provided at Day Star include: activities to stimulate and retain memory function; exercises to improve circulation, joint movement and overall fitness; special guests and entertainment; and opportunities to socialize outside the home environment. Monthly support group meetings are held for participating families.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Day Star Activity and Respite Center, Inc. board minutes and related materials, 1987-1994

Series 2: Day Star Activity and Respite Center, Inc. working calendars, 1987-1995

Series 3: Day Star Activity and Respite Center, Inc. newsletters, 1989-1995

Series 4: Day Star Activity and Respite Center, Inc. records, 1987-1997

Series 5: Day Star Activity and Respite Center, Inc. correspondence, 1987-1997

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Day Star Activity and Respite Center on 1997/04/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

EAD finding aid completed 2011/05/16 by Helen Boyer. EAD finding aid revised 2011/05/17 by Bethany Fiechter.

Day Star Activity and Respite Center, Inc. records
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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA