If people were books, their skin would be the beautiful “cover” that shelters the life story contained within. Skin (which is the largest organ in the human) works to protect the body from harmful microbes, chemicals and strong rays of light that could damage more sensitive inner tissues. The nerves inside skin also sense pain, textures and temperatures, again alerting us to possible danger and prompting us to take action. For seniors, skin – which may not be as smooth, plump and flawless as it once was – is simultaneously an outward reflection of a long and wonderful life, and an inward tell-tale story of what is going on with their bodies at this very moment. It makes sense, then, that we should care for – and listen to – our very important skin. Continue reading “Loving the Skin You are In!”
The Safe Harbor Memory Care Neighborhood at The Saybrook at Haddam continues to grow and develop as one of the region’s premier residences for people suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-related illnesses. With Kathy Hallett now at Safe Harbor’s helm as its new director, some wonderful happenings are taking place in the community. Continue reading “Checking in with Safe Harbor’s New Director”
From November through the New Year, most families are focused on celebrations, traditions, entertaining and time with family. As time passes and life changes occur, the holiday season should be a steady source of happiness and love (with a small dose of frenzied madness along the way). Continue reading “Holiday Traditions Still Being Made at The Saybrook at Haddam”
Recently, percussionist Tracey Kroll visited The Saybrook at Haddam to host our first drum circle. His energizing program, “Drumming for Health,” allowed residents the chance to find their own inner rhythm by playing hand drums. It was a unique and fun evening (one we will definitely host again) – and got us to thinking a little more about the connection between music and health. Continue reading “Drums are for Seniors!”
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!”
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!