Reasons to Consider Memory Care #4
They have a social life
Whether living in their home still or with one of their children, their world becomes more and more limited with Alzheimer’s. And their adult children usually have full lives they are busy living. To me, that is another good reason for a facility.
Every morning at Mom’s facility, you’ll find many residents seated eating breakfast, some heading in that direction, a few choosing to sleep in. Coffee is once of the first words out of their mouths as they sit down. Sitting at tables for four, several will chat, some just eat, a few still pretty sleepy. After breakfast many wander in to the living room to watch TV. A few will be walking for exercise. Soon, many will sit down in the rockers or on the couches. They enjoy being together, with the group. Even if they doze off once more, they still seem to prefer to be there in the main area.
Mid morning, there is often a game of balloon toss–always a hit! Folks that seem to be so still most of the time, will get involved with balloon. They stretch, reach, kick, lean, to the point they are actually getting exercise besides. After lunch, there are always plenty of options for activities. Quite a few will nap, but there is always a game of dominos or bingo going on, a movie playing, jigsaw puzzles and yes, more coffee visits.
Their generation is so courteous. They will keep each other company and listen closely while another is talking. You may not be able to understand what is being said, but nevertheless, they will listen and nod, and pay attention to the other. They are so kind to each other most of the time. One will be sitting on the couch. Another woman approaches and the one seated scoots right over and pats the spot next to her so the approaching woman can sit down. Little considerations like that are such a sweet thing to see between them.
They look out for each other and help as they are able. In spite of their occasional moods, most of the time I see them, they enjoy each other. It seems it is good for them to be with their peers, their friends, doing things together.