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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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The Male Dilemma in Aging

Tue, Sep 27 2011 at 07:59am

Last Thursday I had the pleasure to be the featured speaker for the Gilford Community Church’s Guys Night Out kick-off gathering for 2011-2012.   It being an all male audience I used it as an opportunity to speak about some of the uniquely male issues that affect aging.   Given that women live on average about 2 years longer than men (based on retirement ages) and that on average men are older than their wives --- we have a predictable situation whereby (on average) the male of a traditional couple is going to pass away first – leaving behind a spouse who will be a widow for some 4+ years.   This means that married couples need to plan on two retirements:   the first when both are together --- and the second for the surviving spouse.

 There are no general solutions to this dilemma because individual circumstances can be so different.  What might work out well for both together might or might not work out well for the survivor by herself. 

 While retirement couples have become very good about planning ahead for their financial futures they don’t always plan so well for quality of life issues.   Most of us have a difficult time anticipating just how lonely and isolating that living alone can be for many people.   Couples oftentimes don’t give it a thought ---- and then it happens!   The widow is not only left with taking care of the house and property by herself --- she also has deal not only with grief – but with increasing social isolation.

 For over 35 years and over 1,000 Residents I have seen how beneficial a retirement community setting can be to someone’s quality of life.   It is wonderful for couples ---- but it can be critically important to widows.    Living well is about a lot more than housing and healthcare --- it is about being able to enjoy life!

The married men out there have double duty preparing with their wives for retirement.   They need to consider what they plan on what is best for them together – and they need another plan for what works for her alone.

 Please email me at chandler@meredithbaycolonyclub.org  for more information.

 

 

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