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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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A Little Push.....

Sat, Jan 22 2011 at 11:47am

The following column was published in the Laconia Citizen on January 17, 2011

 

A LITTLE PUSH

It was last Wednesday,  it was the end of the storm, the snow had stopped falling, it was  dark,  and I was heading home from work driving down Parade Road when near the intersection with Rollercoaster Road I came upon a car that had gone off the road.   Two trucks had already pulled over and I stopped to see if there was anything that I could do.  Fortunately nobody was hurt and the car was not damaged – but the young lady driving the car was in a difficult predicament.

I suppose the two other guys and me could have just written it off as being ‘her’ problem and told her to call a tow truck --- but we didn’t.   One guy grabbed a shovel and quickly cleared an exit path for the car and then the three of us ‘got on the bumper’ and began to push.   The car began to sideslip and efforts to back out of the problem failed.   On our second try – this time going forward – and with just a little push on our part she was able to break free and was on the road again!

I expect that these other two guys, have in the past like me, been stuck in a snow bank or two and have been on the receiving end of help from anonymous strangers.   For us helping this gal was just our way of paying things back.   

In Tucson we saw both the worst and the best that humanity can be.  On the good side we saw how ordinary people helping in ordinary ways -- but under the most extraordinary circumstances-- rightfully become wonderful examples of what it means to be a ‘Hero’.   In a situation that nobody should ever have to deal with – these people rose to the occasion and demonstrated exactly what is so great about this country.  With no regard to their own safety or well being they did what they could to help ---  it doesn’t get any more important than that.     Most people in the same circumstance would ‘freeze’ from taking any action at all – much less action that could put them at risk to help someone they might not even know.   Heroes almost always say that they just did what anybody would have done who was in the same place at the same time.   While I know that those saying that really believe it --- I don’t think it is true.   The Heroes among us seize opportunities that the rest of us either do not see or are unwilling to act upon.  What a Hero sees as a natural reaction -- is not at all a common reaction – and it is what makes them the very special people that they are.

Most of us will never be in a position to need to do anything approaching ‘heroic’ but everyday provides us opportunities to be of help.   Every day we have the opportunity to “Commit Random Acts of Kindness”.   It can be as simple as letting someone into traffic.   More important than what we do is how we do it.  Even though you might consider what you do to be trivial – it can make a big difference to the person on the receiving end.

I find that my older friends are always there at the ready to step up and help whenever and wherever needed.   They have a work ethic that is based on an independent spirit that doesn’t allow them to sit around and expect that someone else will or should do something.   They know that being a ‘neighbor’ isn’t just about living close to someone – it is about sharing a mutual responsibility for each other.   My older friends all know what “There for the Grace of God Go I”  really means and for them that often includes extending a helping hand knowing that someday each of us might need that help ourselves.

We all hope that we will never be tested by a tragedy like what happened in Tucson and that heroic actions on our parts will never be needed.    But on a day to day basis we have the opportunity to do small things in both expected and unexpected ways that can make a big difference in the lives of others.

It might be just “A Little Push” but sometimes that can make all the difference.

Age Well!

Howard Chandler has worked in elder services for over 35 years and is Vice-President of Meredith Bay Colony Club along with being a Partner of White Mountain Eldercare Solutions.  Your comments are always appreciated.   chandler@metrocast.net

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