Tag: memory care

Thoughts from our Safe Harbor Memory Care Neighborhood

Thoughts from our Safe Harbor Memory Care Neighborhood

Living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory-related illness means new and different struggles occur each day.  There is no standardized solution for treating or managing memory care, since these diseases affect each person so differently.  So, when The Saybrook at Haddam set out to create Safe Harbor, a unique and therapeutic memory care neighborhood, we knew customized, individualized care would be at the heart of all we do. Continue reading “Thoughts from our Safe Harbor Memory Care Neighborhood”

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Checking in with Safe Harbor’s New Director

Checking in with Safe Harbor’s New Director

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”

It Takes a (Little) Village!

It Takes a (Little) Village!

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!”

Shopping Day a Great Success!

Shopping Day a Great Success!

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!”

Simple Ways to Create Moments of Joy for People Suffering from Dementia or Memory-related Illnesses

Simple Ways to Create Moments of Joy for People Suffering from Dementia or Memory-related Illnesses

Dementia and other memory-related illnesses can take years away from a person’s memory, leaving them in a “new” world that is unknown to the rest of us. Caregivers often struggle with how to function in this reality, and sometimes unknowingly add to the anxiety that those in their care may be facing.  Continue reading “Simple Ways to Create Moments of Joy for People Suffering from Dementia or Memory-related Illnesses”

Tai Chi with Dogs? How we Spent a Great Winter at Safe Harbor Memory Care 

Tai Chi with Dogs? How we Spent a Great Winter at Safe Harbor Memory Care 

Bad weather can be a little tough for anyone; however, for senior citizens, cloudy, rainy weather and limited time outdoors can be even more challenging. In a memory care unit like Safe Harbor, it’s especially important to remain active and keep spirits up. Here are a few things we did this winter to make less-than-ideal days great ones:  Continue reading “Tai Chi with Dogs? How we Spent a Great Winter at Safe Harbor Memory Care “

Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group Sets New Meeting Time and Day

Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group Sets New Meeting Time and Day

The Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group at The Saybrook at Haddam has set a new, regular meeting time and date: the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the retirement community’s library. The next meeting, which will be held on March 24, will focus on “Creating Moments of Joy” for those suffering from memory-related illnesses. Additionally, the group will provide caregivers an opportunity to share information, talk through challenges, and learn more about local resources. Individuals interested in attending any support group meeting (which are free and open to the public) must call 860-345-3779 to RSVP. Continue reading “Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group Sets New Meeting Time and Day”