Please stop by to welcome, Caleb, our new Community Relations Director!
We had a very successful coffee fundraiser! Please stop by if you would like to purchase a bag for a great cause!
The ladies enjoying their day at Bickford!
3QUESTIONS TO SAVE YOU STRESS
1. “CAN YOU
Ask a person with
dementia if they can “help you” with a task instead
of asking them if they “want to” do something. You are much more likely to get a positive answer from them if they feel
necessary and important!
3. “WHERE DO
YOU THINK THEY ARE?”
This can be used when someone with dementia is asking you a direct question about a missing loved one. For example, if a man asks where his mother is, ask him,
“Where do you think she is?” Whatever his answer is, repeat that answer back to him by saying, “Yes, it sounds like
2. “WHAT DO YOU THINK
Use this question when introducing a baby doll or stuffed animal. The person with dementia may think that it’s real, or maybe they think that it’s fake.
Either way, you let them tell you what they think, and then you can go along with their answer.
For more information like this, see Rachael Wonderlin’s blog,
or her book, “When Someone You Know is Living in a
Dementia Care Community,” published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Great reasons why Bickford is PET FRIENDLY!
The Benefits of Pet Ownership for the Elderly
Animals can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase social interaction and physical activity. Pets provide other intangibles, too. “Dogs and cats live very much in the present,” says Dr. Jay P. Granat, a New Jersey-based psychotherapist. “They don’t worry about tomorrow, which can be a very scary concept for an older person. An animal embodies that sense of here and now, and it tends to rub off on people.”
Pets can also have an astounding effect on symptoms of depression and feelings of loneliness. Older pet owners have often said how incredibly barren and lonely their lives were without their pets’ companionship, even when there were some downsides to owning an active pet.
Psychologist Penny B. Donnenfeld, who brings her own golden retriever mix, Sandee, to her New York City office, has even witnessed animals’ ability to prompt better memory recall in their elderly owners. “I’ve seen those with memory loss interact with an animal and regain access to memories from long ago,” she explains. “Having a pet helps the senior focus on something other than their physical problems and negative preoccupations about loss or aging.”
Animals benefit from adoption, too, particularly when seniors adopt older pets. “These lucky animals go from the pound to paradise. Retired adopters tend to have lots of time to devote to a previously unwanted pet, forming a lasting bond,” says Chicago veterinarian Dr. Tony Kremer.