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…
18 February, 2017

Create A Better Day Café and Comfort Food Caring Café

If you are caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, please consider attending these Cafes together.  Alzheimer’s is such an isolating disease.  Going to a restaurant, attending a community event, going out with friends, and other group outings create more challenges.  Those challenges begin to outweigh the benefits; therefore, caregivers and their loved ones begin to isolate.  Please try and attend a memory café and experience the benefits.  For additional Information read this post on Caregiving Metrowest
17 February, 2017

Sometimes it’s easier to learn what not to say.

Find your way to accept the repetitiveness of your loved one.  Never ask your loved one if he or she remembers.  Understand and accept that your loved one will have challenges using their words.   Do your best to enter your loved one’s reality.  Understand and accept that your loved one will experience challenges in orientation to time and place. At some point in the Alzheimer’s disease process, there will be a catastrophic reaction to learning that a loved one died. …
24 January, 2017

Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support Group, Monday, February 13th, 2017

Information, education, and resources for individuals who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease.  Share stories and make connections.  The group is held the second Monday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Pleasantries.  Please call 508-481-0809 or email tammy@pleasantriesads.com to inquire and confirm attendance.  Next meeting: Monday, February 13th, 2017 6-8pm at Pleasantries, 195 Reservoir Street, Marlborough, MA 01752 We will be having Attorney Arthur Bergeron, Elder Law Attorney with Mirick O'Connell Attorneys at Law there to answer…