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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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Christmas Magic

Fri, Dec 17 2010 at 10:15am

Below is my newspaper column that is scheduled to run in The Citizen on Monday December 20th, 2010

 CHRISTMAS MAGIC

 Christmas magic isn’t about how Santa Claus gets the job done in one night – while that is magic – it’s not the kind I’m talking about.  The real magic of Christmas is about those wonderfully special moments that we have that give us a glimpse of the real meaning of Christmas. 

 For me, those magical moments don’t happen at big parties, events  and formal gatherings – they tend to happen at those ‘in-between’ moments when there is a pause in the action – and most often they happen when they are least expected.

 I remember being enchanted by the pageantry and mystery of Midnight Mass as a protestant ‘sneaking’ into a Catholic service.   As a teenager going to are nursing homes with my DeMolay Chapter never failed to produce a ‘magical’ moment – always when least expected.   One Christmas it happened as a church youth group I was supervising helped a homeless man on Boston Common.   I remember being a volunteer at the Brockton VA hospital and taking patients to Chapel on Christmas Day and being inspired more by the patients than by the Chaplain.   As a prison guard working Christmas Eve I still remember how a most unusual quiet fell over the cell blocks – a quiet that any other night might have been suspicious – but on Christmas Eve was calming.  At home I remember how tranquil it was to get up early and turn on the tree lights and just sit and watch.  The magic often appeared while reading ‘The Night Before Christmas’ to the kids and then later on Christmas Morning listening to the kids read the very special Christmas cards sent by Jan Kolb before the first present could be opened.   The Christmas Eve service at the Unitarian Church that concludes with leaving the service candle in hand while singing Silent Night on a snowy night can be pure magic.   Riding the ‘Polar Express’ out of North Conway created any number of magical moments.  Each year being part of Rotary’s delegation of Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army never fails to generate a least one touching moment – usually of some child who has very little himself giving a great deal to help others.  There are the movies that no matter how many times I see them never fail to inspire:   “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, “White Christmas”.  The message is timeless.

 Not often – but sometimes – an entire group finds the magic at the same time.  Such was the case this past weekend when on Monday at least 5 different people told me what a truly wonderful time they had as a result of an almost coincidental gathering.  A few had come together to build and decorate Gingerbread Houses, others arrived, the eggnog was sent for and then they gathered around the piano to sing Carols together.   As each told me the story the excitement in their voice and the sparkle in their eyes told me that this spontaneous gathering wasn’t just fun – it was something more – something I might call magical.  It was wonderful to hear!  It was a gift that none had planned for and that all enjoyed!

 While we  can’t  ‘make’ it happen –  we can put ourselves in position to ‘let’ it happen.    One might say that such ‘Christmas Magic’ happens all the time – it’s just  that we seldom take the time to open our hearts to experiencing it.  We mistakenly think that finding the magic will come by constant pursuit – and that if we stay busy enough that we can find the way to make it happen.  

 While it helps to put yourself in the right place and the right frame of mind – after that it is a matter not of ‘doing’ but of ‘being’.     If we watch carefully and listen intently we just might find what we are really looking for – or perhaps it will find us!

 This Christmas --- take the time to pause a bit and open your hearts and minds – and just maybe --- you too will find a Magic Moment – or two!

 Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

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