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CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS is Meredith Bay Colony Club’s unique Alzheimer’s Care and Memory Support Program that is provided in our State-of-the-Art, safe and secure memory support center that we call The GARDENS. The GARDENS is comprised of 24 all private apartments – each with its own bathroom and private shower. Dignity, Privacy, Safety and Security are the basic building blocks on top of which CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS is built.

Let there be no mistake about it --- Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects not just the individual – but the families who so often provide the needed ongoing support and care. The CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS program at The GARDENS at MBCC provides Members and their families not just the sense of security that comes from living in a safe, secure yet friendly residential setting – but also a rediscovered source of joy that can come from being in a setting that allows each Member to find a little bit of success each and every day --- to find something to be proud of and to find something to smile about!

KEY ELEMENTS OF CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

1. We focus on all that a Person is right now and all that they can still be --- not on what they have lost or no longer can do.

2. We believe that each person is wonderfully complex and multi-dimensional including emotional, creative, inquisitive, musical, spiritual and physical aspects – in addition to cognitive and memory based functions. We recognize that although life will be different because of cognitive changes – that it can and should be as interesting, as stimulating and as much fun as possible.

3. We respect the need for some structure and predictability – but we celebrate spontaneity and the opportunity to discover new ways to help make people smile.

4. We believe in ‘seizing the moment’ even if that means upsetting the ‘schedule’. So what if we have lunch an hour late?

5. We respect the individual and acknowledge that there will be changes from month to month and from day to day. We realize that we need to constantly readjust our approach in order to meet our Member’s constantly changing needs.

6. Our Member’s Family are our friends and we realize that by supporting our Member’s families that we support our Members.

7. Our Staff Members are artists who wonderfully balance Caring and Creativity to meet not only the practical needs – but Quality of Life needs as well.

8. A safe and secure social setting that is open and welcoming to all Members is essential to creating an environment that is both fun and uplifting.

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Pearl Harbor Day Newspaper Column

Fri, Dec 03 2010 at 08:44am

 

 The following is written by MBCC Vice President Howard Chandler and is his column which will appear in the Citizen on Monday December 6, 2010

515 WORDS

It took President Franklin Delano Roosevelt only 515 words to make his case before the United States Congress to request a Declaration of War following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.    It was in this speech that President Roosevelt noted that December 7, 1941 would forever be a date that “will live in infamy”.    So few words --- but so well said and none more important.   President Roosevelt straightforwardly presented the facts and asked Congress to act on those facts – and they did – and the rest as they say ‘is history’. 

 That was some 70 years ago and for those of you who are 80 years old or older I am sure that you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news of the attack.  Communication then was not instantaneous as it is today, but even so it didn’t take very long for the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor to be circulated all around the country.   For those who had family members based out of Pearl the wait for confirmation that they were okay must have seemed interminable.   For those family members of the 2,402 service men killed,  it would be news that would forever change their lives.  

 Another day of ‘infamy’ was September 11, 2001 and all of us can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when he heard the news of the attack on the Twin Towers.  We all were transfixed by the images we watched and by the speculation that we listened to.    We watched In real time as the events of that day unfolded not knowing how or if it would end.

 My older friends tell me that what they felt on 9/11 is exactly what they felt some 60 years earlier on December 7, 1941.    They experienced that same sort of disbelief, the same feeling of not knowing what the future would bring as they had more than half a century earlier.   They felt the same fear and the same anger.   They knew that from that moment  on that their world would be very different – but they didn’t know how.  

 Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day.  So what are we supposed to do on this ‘Day of Infamy?’

 At the very least we need to remember.  We need to remember that 3,684 American Servicemen were killed or wounded in the attack.  We need to remember and honor their sacrifice.   We need to remember just how quickly things can change.  And we need to remember to appreciate all that we have, lest it suddenly be taken away.  December 7th and September 11th are solemn reminders that there might always be those who wish to destroy us and that we must now and always be vigilant.  

 “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  Is a quote from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.   Those who are in their 80’s and 90’s today have lived through some very difficult times – and having lived through those difficult times they have become incredibly strong people.   They have lived through two ‘days of infamy’ in addition to untold numbers of personal difficulties and tragedies – but they are here and they have a perspective on life that the rest of us would do well to listen to.   It’s not incredible that they are so old – it is because they are incredible that they get to be so old. 

 And so let this Pearl Harbor Day be a time to offer a prayer not only for those who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf 70 years ago --- but also for the brave men and women in uniform today who willingly put themselves in harms way in order to protect the rest of us.

 I’ve used more words writing this than President Roosevelt used in his speech to Congress.   I think that he knew what he was doing. 

 Age Well!

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