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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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GEEZER LOVE!

Mon, Feb 14 2011 at 04:08pm

Today is Valentine’s Day and I doubt that the first thing that you think of is two grandparent age people falling in love --- but maybe you should!

 

Love isn’t only for the young and middle aged --- Love and new relationships are an increasingly common part of life for retirement age people as well.   I’m not just talking about people in their 60’s --- but those in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s as well!  

 

Many people mistakenly believe that romance is reserved only for the young while it really belongs to the ‘Young at Heart’ at whatever age they might be!   We all know some young people who are ‘old’ long before their time – and hopefully you have been blessed to know older people who remain ‘Forever Young’.   Romance knows no age limits!

 

Most people don’t even like to think about their parents having any kind of sexual relationship – even less so if the parents happen to be in their 70’s and 80’s!    We live in a new era of Viagra opens the door to many opportunities that might have been thought lost before.   Relationships between older people are going to be increasingly common as a result.   The rest of us had better get used to it!

 

Adult children don’t always take kindly to their retirement age parents falling in love and getting involved in a ‘relationship’!    Apart from not want to think about the sexual component of the relationship – children can very quickly get very protective about concerns over finances.   Nobody wants to wake up and find themselves ‘cut out of the will’.   Virtually every ’new’ older couple I have known (and there have been many) address the financial issues head-on without any problem at all – save one.   They don’t always tell their family because they feel it is none of their business – or because they like to drive them a little crazy.   Older couples are pretty savvy about knowing how to separate out their finances.

 

Adult children oftentimes  see the new ‘girlfriend’ or ‘boyfriend’  as somehow being a threat to the memory and honor of their deceased parent.   Adult children don’t always understand how Mom or Dad can ‘move on’ to another relationship.    Ultimately they come to accept that the present and future happiness of their Dad or Mom is more important than trying to preserve the memories of the past.   The children of these ‘older couples’ never get used to seeing Mom/Dad going places and doing things that would never have even been talked about while they were growing up!  

 There is something particularly special about ‘older loves’ in that the Passion is wonderfully tempered by a desire for companionship and support that is sometimes lacking in ‘young love’.   Older people are more closely associated with loss, they understand commitment and so it is that they embrace a new relationship with the same passion of the young – but without being blinded by that passion to the sometimes harsh realities that life brings us.  

 

Widows and Widowers who are in their 70’s and 80’s know that they will not live forever and because of that they tend to cherish the moment.   They understand that entering a new relationship is not in any way a sign of disrespect to the spouse that they have lost.   When presented the opportunity for an ‘Encore’ they welcome it!   They know that life is not a ‘dress rehearsal’ and that we are only given so much time on this world and we need to make the best of it.   When a new love presents itself it is embraced not because of the expectation that it can last for decades --- but because what is most important is the time that any of us have left.

 

Valentine’s Day will never be the same!    Congratulations to all of you who have reached a suitably ‘mature’ age but who do not let that age close the door to your forming new relationships and falling in love.  

 

Valentine’s Day has No Age Limit! 

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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