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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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Put a Twinkle in Your Wrinkle!

Fri, Feb 25 2011 at 03:09pm

Keith Hall of Kramer & Hall Goldsmiths Fame actually has a sense of humor -- not that you would know it by looking at him.  Keith can look a bit ‘stern’ at times.   Now you should know that when Keith tells you that he makes crowns --- he is not talking about dental work and he isn’t making a joke.   He actually makes crowns – the kind that royalty wears on their heads!   Their shop in the Laconia Railroad Station might be small but Keith and Lilo’s ambitions are big!   He doesn’t look like he has a sense of humor—he is a goldsmith after all --- but his serious demeanor hides a very sharp wit and a keen appreciation of the comical.   Although he is approaching geezerhood  he  still appreciates a good joke.   Last week he sent me a bunch of photos including one that was entitled ‘A Twinkle in Your Wrinkle’ which depicted an older guy sitting between two olderish women and all of them shipboard in a scene that looks to be from the 1930’s or 40’s.   All of them had a devious ‘Twinkle’ in their eye!

 

What’s a ‘Twinkle?   It is a special kind of irreverent ‘Joie de Vivre’ or joy of living.  It’s a ‘knowing’ look that doesn’t require an explanation.    It includes equal parts of Savvy and Saucy with just a dash of Risqué.   Kids have ‘Sparkle’ --- older people develop a real ‘Twinkle’.   You just know it when you see it --- just don’t be afraid to look for it!

 

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in my role of photographer as being the only male in a room full of women who had gathered to give a surprise ‘Travel Shower’ to two of their own who were getting ready for a trip.   These gals not only still have their ‘Twinkle’ but they are proud of it and did a great job of sharing it with each other.   Were I any younger than I am, I might have been embarrassed at some of the gifts that were presented………

 

There is a tendency on the part of younger people to view more mature people in just one dimension.   It is almost as though we have this single image of what older people are supposed to be like --- and most often that is of someone who is very staid if not outright somber.   It is always refreshing to me to see people who do not ‘act their age’ such as Betty White does today and George Burns who was performing right up until his death at age 100!

 

The wonderful fact of the matter is that there is nothing much that we can generalize about with older people.   While I might argue that with age comes an enhanced and much more charitable perspective – age in no ways means that older people are any less diverse, any less interesting, or any less humorous than their younger counterparts.     

I am often amused by watching the interaction between younger adults and older adults.   Out of either fear or respect some younger people will come across as being very patronizing to older people.   You got to love it when someone starts yelling at an older person because they assume that everyone who is old is deaf!  How about those who just assume that anyone in a wheelchair ‘wants’ to be pushed!    However good those intentions might be --- they are predicated on stereotypes that represent the exception rather than the rule.    There is nothing about being older that requires one to be ‘treated with kid gloves’ in the manner that many younger people feel obliged to do as a sign of respect for their elders.   Being polite is always good --- push it too far and it become condescending and will be resented accordingly.  

 

Younger people don’t always realize that there is a Twinkle in the Wrinkle.

 

 

Maybe you think that you have ‘lost’ your Twinkle --- Not to worry, because chances are it has only been misplaced!    Spend a little time looking and I am sure you will find it --- and soon you to will be ale to put that Twinkle back in your Wrinkle where it belongs!

 

 

 

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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