Coastline was thrilled to help First Citizens Federal Credit Union bring hope to people with Alzheimer’s Disease in June. 

The credit union designed and wrote 540 unique, inspiring messages on vibrant postcards to be delivered to people with Alzheimer’s who receive meals through Coastline. Meals on Wheels drivers then took up the cause, distributing the heartfelt messages with their regular lunch deliveries.

Recipients, many of whom are older adults living with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments, were greeted with the unexpected tokens of caring, adding an extra layer of joy and connection to their day. 

Coastline’s Karen Costello, Director of Quality and Education; and Kathleen Medeiros, Quality and Compliance Manager; with FCFCU’s Marketing and Community Support Team Ibby Bobola, Melanie Howell, and Ryan Normand.

The project began this spring when First Citizens reached out looking for a way to help people with Alzheimer’s during June, the national month recognizing Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness. Coastline staff were happy to help because we know that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease is rising significantly and that community awareness is so important to changing these numbers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. more than doubled between 2000 and 2021, increasing by 141 percent.

We can’t thank FCFCU and their entire team enough for caring! Messages like these touch the hearts of meal recipients in powerful ways and are often treasured and kept in visible places as a reminder that someone cares.



To learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease and the impact it has on families, visit

To sign up for Meals on Wheels, call 508-999-6400.