3 January, 2018

When I remember Gene Wilder, I think of Willy Wonka

When I remember Gene Wilder, I think of Willy Wonka, my childhood fantasy movie.  Alzheimer’s struck Gene and no one learned of this until he passed away.  This article was very powerful to read as it is from Gene’s wife’s perspective.  Karen explains her journey.  I found it helpful for caregivers to read how she would eliminate the cause of his frustrations, such as the pull-string to his pants.  This is something I think caregivers just miss.  It is mostly…
28 December, 2017

Memory Café Events Calendar… This calendar maintains the updated schedule of all the area’s cafes.

These are wonderful opportunities for caregivers and their loved ones living with memory loss to remove themselves from isolation.  Memory Cafes are safe, supportive, comfortable, and accepting environments and are free to attend.  Enjoy the refreshments, entertainment, conversation, and laughter. Form new friendships and experience the best treatment for memory loss…. SOCIALIZATION!  For someone who is experiencing memory loss, the initial response is to isolate and withdraw due to the feelings of depression, hopelessness, and helplessness. You as the caregiver…
27 December, 2017

Getting Out Of The House Can Lead To a Longer Life

Isolation and withdrawal are a common theme among older adults who are experiencing illness and multiple losses in their lives.  As we age, we are faced with the unknown hardships of life such as the loss of independence, loss of friends, loss of family, and for some the suffering of chronic illness.  These factors play a role in one’s likelihood to crawl up into a ball and hide in the constraints of home.  This will ultimately lead to depression, boredom,…
23 September, 2017

Communities Pleasantries Serves & Transportation Options

Pleasantries services a number of communities and can recommend various transportation resources. Pleasantries Adult Day Program serves guests from: Acton, Ashland, Berlin, Boxborough, Boylston, Clinton, Concord, Framingham, Grafton, Harvard, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lancaster, Lincoln, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Milford, Natick, Northborough, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sudbury, Upton, Waltham, Wayland, West Boylston, Westborough, Wellesley, Weston, Worcester Although transportation is not provided, there are some ways to address this.  Many local Senior Centers offer transportation to and from Pleasantries for a low cost.…
9 July, 2017

A Morning with Dr. Paul Raia – Conversations about Dementia

Community event co-sponsored by the Metro West Alzheimer's Partnership and the Alzheimer's Association Mass/NH. Dr. Raia has over 30 years of experience providing support to those who live with dementia and their families through his work at the Alzheimer's Association. Tammy Pozerycki facilitated this event as the emcee and she is Co-Chair of the Metro West Alzheimer's Partnership.  
23 April, 2017

Memory Care Program Assistant

Job Summary/Purpose             Our specialized home-based social model adult day program currently requires a part-time to full-time Memory Care Program Assistant.  The main responsibilities of this position include the creation and facilitation of purposeful engaging therapeutic recreational activities, ensuring the safety and well-being of our guests, and continuous efforts to create a better day for our guests and families.  The successful candidate will offer our program creativity, pro-active teamwork, and positive energy.  Prospective candidates with experience working in memory care…
15 March, 2017

Purple Table

Jenifer Apazidis, Owner of The Red Raven Restaurant in Acton, MA is the creator of the Purple Table.  Jenifer knows all too well, the experience of having a loved one battle Alzheimer’s disease.  Her Mom, Linda passed away at the young age of 62 with Alzheimer’s disease.  In tribute to her Mom, she created Lovely Linda’s Lunches.  Jen’s Dad frequently referred to her Mom as “Lovely Linda.”  After learning about Create A Better Day Cafe™ and my efforts to create…
4 March, 2017

Alzheimer’s caregiving, as a child with siblings

This will help you to understand how to engage in positive care planning for your loved one. http://blog.thealzheimerssite.com/siblings-help/1/ Plan to ahead to avoid crisis.  Act instead of react. Separating your wants and emotions from the needs of your parents Understanding everyone’s individual unique situation Be specific to what would be helpful to your caregiving efforts Communicate in a positive, direct, and calm way Find the strengths, talents, and abilities of each sibling and use that to construct the best plan…
4 March, 2017

Dementia Friendly America

Please take a couple of minutes to view this video and learn more about how you can get involved.  We are well underway in Massachusetts to create Dementia Friendly Communities in our cities and towns.  Under the leadership of Bay Path Elder Services, Marlborough, Hudson, and Northborough are making significant progress.  We are currently moving our efforts to Westborough and Ashland.  Our goal is to just keep moving.  This a grassroots effort of every sector of the community.  Please get…
21 February, 2017

Expansion of Memory Cafes

Memory Cafes are growing rapidly.  This is exciting news.  The concept of the Alzheimer’s/ Memory Café was created by Dr. Bere Miesen in 1997 in The Netherlands.  It quickly grew across Europe.  Dr. Jyette Lokvig developed the first Alzheimer’s Memory Café in the United States in 2008.  Dr. Miesen stated that the experience of attending a Café results in “unforgettable therapy.” An Alzheimer’s/Memory Café is time and space to forget about forgetting. [caption id="attachment_1668" align="alignnone" width="840"] Entertainer playing violin for…