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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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Barbara Squared

Fri, Mar 25 2011 at 02:08pm

We started out talking about the Winni-Playhouse --- but I quickly realized that there was another equally important story  that I hadn’t expected.  

 

Last week Barbara Morgenstern and Barbara Zeckhausen, who are both volunteer Board Members of the Winni-Playhouse,  last week on my weekly radio show to talk about all the new and wonderful things that the Playhouse is up to.   It quickly became apparent to me just how passionate that these two women both were about the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. 

 

Very often I find that people who are associated with different groups and organizations are informed, involved and committed  --- but most often they engage at an intellectual level only.   There is absolutely nothing the matter with that --- but to find two people at the same time so passionate about the same organization is something very unusual and wonderfully special.

Now I don’t want to give away any secrets – but these two ladies are getting close to what many of us would consider ‘retirement age’.   I know that both of them are already extremely busy and involved in all kinds of community and faith based projects and organizations.   Neither one ‘needed’ an extra project and yet here they are sharing their excitement and enthusiasm about the Playhouse.   Something about the Winn-Playhouse has resonated with them in a very special way that transcends the usual interest and involvement.   They are truly passionate about wanting to help this group!

 

But this isn’t just about the Two Barbara’s who jokingly refer to their combined presence as being ‘Barbara Squared’ which in mathematical terms implies a combined influence far greater than just the sum of their individual efforts.    It is about a wonderfully refreshing approach in redefining what it means to be ‘retired’.   I call it ‘Purposeful Retirement’.

 

In the old days traditional retirement was generally considered to be something akin to a well deserved and somewhat permanent vacation.   A number of things have changed including many people retiring at a younger age, longer lifespans and economic factors that make returning to work after retirement a necessity.   Increasingly more and more ‘retirement’ age people are starting second careers and many are returning to school.   Others – like our two Barbaras – have take a lifetime of experience and translated it into a new kind of volunteer service.

 

The face of volunteering is changing as well.  The traditional description of a volunteer is of one who helps out, oftentimes doing support tasks that an organization could not otherwise afford to do.  While that role continues – the Two Barbaras are perfect examples of the ‘New Face’ of Volunteering --- and that is by taking leadership roles.    The two Barbaras might not realize it – but they are ahead of their time!    The leading edge of the Boomer generation just started to reach the classic retirement age of 65 this year and their influence – both in terms of their tremendous numbers and different approach – is going to change everything.   

 

The two Barbaras are much more typical of the Boomer generation than they are of their own.   Boomers are impatient.   They are not going to wait around for something that is needed to happen.      Boomers are not going to patiently wait for injustices to be corrected – they are going to step in and step up to fix things right now!    Boomers want control and they want flexibility and they pursue both with an unbridled passion.

 

In the past retirement often meant sitting on the sidelines and focusing primarily on family and recreation while withdrawing from more public life.   This isn’t the approach that the Boomers will take and it certainly is not the approach that the Two Barbaras take.   They are not content to be on the sidelines --- they have put themselves right into the middle of the game – and our Community is all the better for it!

 

People of retirement age have so much knowledge and experience to share – but sometimes they are just too polite.   They are waiting to be asked to help and if they are asked they gladly do.   The Two Barbaras and the Boomers are as impatient as they are passionate and don’t wait to be asked – they see a need as an opportunity for them to jump right in.

 

That’s a great lesson for all of us!

 

Age Well

 

 

 


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