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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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Buff Nana's Newspaper Column

Fri, Jan 28 2011 at 04:31pm

  The following Column will appear in the Citizen on Monday January 31st.

BUFF NANAS

 

Who are the ‘Buff Nanas’?  They are no ordinary group of women!   These are women who under the tutelage of Tammy Levesque have made fitness a fun part of their lifestyle.   Tammy also refers to them as the ‘Spit Fires’ of the Lakes Region because their enthusiasm is contagious!

 

There are other groups out there including Sandwich’s ‘Over the Hill Hikers’ whose origins go all the way back to 1979.   Under the ‘small world’ category I would note that back in 1973 I worked for one of the group’s founders – The Rev. Charlie Crooker – when he was Pastor of First Parish Congregational Church in Brockton Massachusetts. 

 

A t Gunstock the stories abound about a slightly less organized – but equally dedicated group – that are often referred to as the ‘Ski Geezers ’.   These hearty souls ski every day no matter what the weather!   Ted did fall done last week but he is OK!

 

These three groups have three things in common:   First is that they love what they do.   Second is that they enjoy being part of a group.  And third is that they are all shall we say ‘mature’ with some members being in their 9th decade!

 

It was none other than baseball great Mickey Mantle who said:  “If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself!”     We don’t  really have a great deal of control over  ‘how long’ we live – but we have a lot of influence over ‘how well’ we live. 

 

Times are changing.   It used to be that young people were supposed to be the fitness fanatics and older people were supposed to be nothing more than passive observers .   Today as often as not it is our older people who are leading the way.    Last week Jack LaLanne who is often called the ‘Founder of the Modern Fitness Movement’ died at the age of 96.   He was on television from 1959 all the way through the early 1980’s.   Back in the days when we only had 3 TV stations I remember watching his show ---- no, I didn’t exercise with him – but from the comfort of our couch I still watched!   Jack never stopped being a living example of the benefits of exercise and nutrition.

 

 Guess how old Jane Fonda is?    She is 73 and although she has had one hip and one knee replaced she doesn’t let that doesn’t keep her from creating (and selling) fitness DVD’s.     While Jane Fonda and Jack LaLanne represent the extreme edge of elders engaged in ongoing fitness – they still are still inspiring examples of what is possible. 

 

When we are younger we use the excuse that we don’t have enough time.  When we are older we use the excuse that we don’t have enough energy.   The only thing that is consistent over time is that most of us find excuses not to exercise.

 

Perhaps the Buff Nanas, the Over the Hill Hikers, and the Ski Geezers have found the secret:    What is difficult to do individually becomes fun when done as a group.    These are all people who enjoy being together as much as they enjoy the exercise.   I know firsthand how difficult it is to maintain motivation and enthusiasm for a solitary fitness program --- and while out of necessity that is what I do – it seldom rises to the level that I would call ‘fun’.   

 

When you talk to people who take part in the hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Program one of things that always impresses me is their enthusiasm about wanting to attend and the friendships they make along the way.  Last Week Paul Weston, the new Director of the Laconia Senior Center, was telling me of his plans for this Spring to start a free walking program that will use the new WOW trail.   Jack LaLanne used to use a kitchen chair and cans of vegetables as his fitness tools.  It doesn’t take fancy clothes or equipment – but it does require you to make  a decision to take the first step!

 

Exercise by yourself if you must --- it can be a good way to catch up on the news – but better if you can find even one person to meet regularly to go for a walk – and even better still if you can find a group and turn it into a social occasion that becomes part of your lifestyle.

 

You too can be a Buff Nana!

 

 

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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