Monday, May 16, 2011

Heading to Minnesota for a celebration of veterans' stories prior to Memorial Day

GracePointe Crossing 'Celebrating America with Veterans' Stories
Date: May 18, 2011
Event DescriptionCelebrating America with Veterans' Stories

Who: Veterans and their Families

What: A presentation on the importance of your story and your place in history

Where: GracePointe Crossing Heritage Center
322 RiverHills Place N
Cambridge, MN

When: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

American Legion Color Guard will present the colors. Isanti County Veterans Service Office, Jim Rostberg, will share his veteran story. LifeBio founder, Beth Sanders, will present ways to record your stories. Please join us as we honor America's veterans!

To RSVP, please call 763-691-6166

Questions? Please call Julie at 763-552-4103

Celebrate with Us!
 
See the Flyer
http://cloud.chambermaster.com/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/5/File/Cambridge%20Chamber/2011%20GP%20Veterans%20Flyer.pdf

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Adult day program ideas for retirement communities

Independent living residents are moving into communities for a variety of reasons, but one reason is because one or both of them is/are experiencing mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's Disease. I hope to see more communities implement even a few hours of adult day programming so that the couple can live independently together in the evening, but the caregiver can have a few hours of relief everyday while his or her spouse goes to an adult day program or at least participates in activities that are geared for someone with mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia. I think retirement communities will be able to attract younger couples facing this challenge and they will keep people independent longer (and avoid caregiver burnout) if they can succeed in providing social adult day activities for someone with at least mild forms of dementia.

With difficulties in filling open apartments or assisted living wings, this specialized focus on caregivers and a person with dementia could meet a genuine need -- and address the elephant in the room head on with compassion and with the real support people are wanting.

LifeBio's memory care curriculum, MemoryBio, and our Life Story Journal are both excellent tools to use in a social adult day program. Also, our Storyboards and Story Cards could also be great ways to work the brain and help someone with memory loss to quickly capture life stories and memories.