Within her very active schedule, Sylvia’s favorite part of the week is the time she spends every Sunday volunteering in the memory care area of The Commons on Marice, her senior living community in Eagan, Minnesota. She plays the piano and sings with the residents. “I enjoy the interaction, it’s amazing to see how they remember the words,” says Sylvia fondly. “I’m actually probably getting more out of it than they are. I love the joy on their faces. My cup overflows, it has most of my life. I am blessed.”
“Oh gosh, they are awesome – from the housekeeper to the nurses,” exclaims Wendy Wells, daughter of a resident at Terracina Grand, a senior living community in Naples, Florida. “They really embrace the residents and make them feel at home.”
“My advice would be to get as much information about the disease as you possibly can so that you understand the things your loved one is doing and why they are doing them,” says Joe Bonanno, the husband of a resident at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Naples, Florida. “Always remember that it’s the disease that is causing them to do that, not the person.”
Betty Becker has been living at Terracina Grand, a senior living community in Naples, Florida, since 2006. “I can’t find a better way of saying that I am just content here,” says Betty. “I am so happy.”
“It’s just a feeling of knowing that you belong,” says Ginny Sims, a resident at Terracina Grand in Naples, Florida. “I felt like I was going to be able to meet people who I would be comfortable with and who I could relate to here.”
“I love him and I don’t want to be lonely,” reflects Linda Walsh-Klein, the wife of memory care day care participant at Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Florida. “I think I’m selfish because I know that he’s probably going to do just fine. It’s me who will struggle. I’m going to have to learn how to live without him and that’s the hardest thing, I think.”
“I have been with Marcia for over 30 years, being as close as any two people could be,” said Garry Wright, husband of Marcia, a resident at Villa at Terracina in Naples, Florida. “It’s very difficult to suddenly say I am not going to be with you anymore. I think that anybody who puts their loved one into memory care feels guilt regardless of how nice the community is.”
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Senior living communities provide ample opportunities to make a difference and get involved in life enriching activities on a daily basis. Betty Becker, a resident at Terracina Grand, takes us through what a typical day looks like for her.
“She has quality of life because I can see her smile. I can see her laugh.”
In this video, Garry Wright reflects on the decision to transition his wife, Marcia, into Villa at Terracina, a memory care community in Naples, Florida.
“I think that her quality of life is better now than when she was living with me.”