An interesting person is a curious one who never stops asking questions and never stops learning. For senior citizens who have spent a lifetime discovering new things, exploring the world around us, debating ideas, forming opinions, and experiencing much of what life has to offer – it is natural that learning should continue for as long as possible. Continue reading “The Importance of Being Curious”
When Kathy Ryan first walked through the front doors of The Saybrook at Haddam independent residence and assisted living community, she immediately knew she had entered a special place.
“The front lobby was an open, bright, cheerful place, and everyone was genuinely happy,” she remembers. “Right away, I could envision myself coming to work here each day.” Continue reading “A Change of Leadership at The Saybrook at Haddam: Kathy Ryan Retires and Jeff Williams Takes Helm”
Each month during the school year, The Saybrook at Haddam’s Safe Harbor Memory Care community opens its doors to an energetic band of happy, smiling faces belonging to children from the Little Village Preschool in nearby Moodus, Conn. These children eagerly rush off their bus and come into our “neighborhood” to listen to stories, sing songs and help us with craft projects. It is a true joy to hear their little voices and watch their little hands hard at work. Last month, we had the added treat of watching the children practice their “graduation” ceremony and tell us their hopes for the future. Continue reading “It Takes a (Little) Village!”
Looking our best is a goal most of us try to maintain throughout every stage of our lives. Going to the hair salon gives our morale a happy lift – and makes us look and feel better. However, as we age, the simple task of getting out to the beauty parlor or barber shop can become more difficult. Some people need to rely on friends or family members to drive them to an appointment, others try to find a trusted hairdresser to come to their homes. Continue reading “Beauty Parlor Beauties! “
Questions about food quality, quantity and variety are tops for families and individuals considering moving into an independent or assisted living community. Having one great meal can give them a sample “taste” of the food, but can the quality hold up three meals a day over the long run? Continue reading “Be Honest … How is the Food?”
Shopping for things like food, clothing, gifts, household items is a pretty important part of everyday life. However, for people with dementia the simple act of shopping may become a major point of stress or confusion. Experts at the University of California in San Francisco say dementia patients “may want to buy things they do not need, spend more money than necessary, or shoplift.” Continue reading “Shopping Day a Great Success!”
A huge welcome to Cathy Carter who is our new director of community outreach. You may have met Cathy already and noticed her great smile and wonderful energy. If you haven’t yet, you are in for a treat as her warmth and enthusiasm will really make your day.
Cathy formerly worked for The Bridges at Lake Whitney independent and assisted living community in Hamden, Conn., and at The Bradley Home senior residence and skilled nursing center in Meriden, Conn. She also worked at The Williams School in New London and for the public schools in Old Lyme, Conn.
We are so excited to have her on our team, putting her marketing, public relations and communications skills to work for The Saybrook at Haddam!