New Assisted Living Memory Care Opening in April 2011 Focuses on Socialization

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Grace Manor Memory Care configured into distinct living areas called Care Coves. This concept blended with a socialization approach, is a first for the Daytona-Port Orange area.

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Socialization is one of the most important criteria in caring for someone with memory loss

Outer Marker Properties, LLC (“Outer Marker”) announced the joint venture acquisition of a 16 unit memory care facility in Port Orange, FL. The facility is being reconstructed to include 52 private memory care suites and has been named “Grace Manor.” It is scheduled to open during the first week of April, 2011. Grace Manor is configured into three distinct living areas called Care Coves,℠ each of which reflects both the varying design elements and specialized care giving necessary to meet the needs of residents with Alzheimer’s, memory loss and other cognitive impairments. This concept of Care Coves℠ blended with a socialization approach, is a first for this area.

Socialization is an important element in the design of a system of care for senior individuals who are experiencing memory loss as a result of the onset of various kinds of dementia. Socialization (also often called “reminiscence”) refers to activities that stimulate oral history, life history, thinking or telling about past experiences. The goal of these activities is essentially to augment conversational skills, to facilitate participation in social activities, and increase an individual’s interest in everyday life. A growing body of scientific research, moreover, underscores the value of this therapeutic approach. An important study was published in The Clinical Gerontologist, “Sensory Stimuli Reminiscence for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease” and was conducted by Namazi and Haynes of the Corinne Dolan Alzheimer Center in Chardon, Ohio. It found that “attending a reminiscence session, either with sensory stimuli or without, can be beneficial to those patients who are in the early stages of the disease and who are often lucid enough to recognize what is taking place in their surroundings.” The study further concluded, “With certain modifications in presentation and restructuring of the format of the reminiscence session, patients may benefit if not from reminiscing, than from the dynamics of interaction with other patients, friends and neighbors.” Dr Sidney M. Stahl, current chief of the Individual Behavioral Processes Branch at the National Institutes on Aging finds, “a favorable correlation between participation in music and art and exercises generating positive emotions in Dementia residents.” The National Institutes of Aging published a study, “Alzheimer’s Re-socialization: A group approach towards improved social awareness among Alzheimer’s patients.” This article described a new method of group therapy for Alzheimer's patients called Alzheimer's Re-socialization. Its objective was to help Alzheimer's patients retain or recall social skills. “Through such group participation as introductions, singing, and discussion, members become more aware (and thus often more demanding), feel a sense of belonging, and are verbally supportive of each other, less depressed, and less withdrawn.”

“Socialization is one of the most important criteria in caring for someone with memory loss,” says Judi Robinson, Executive Director of Grace Manor Memory Care. “It goes hand-in-hand with nutrition. Knowing a resident’s legacy is imperative. Who is this frail person who doesn’t know their own children? What was their occupation, what is their favorite color, their favorite meal, and movie? Do they love animals? All these questions need to be answered to be able to care for a memory impaired resident and provide activities that are age appropriate and meaningful. That is not to say that if a resident desires to play with bubbles or play dough it would be discouraged. If it made them happy, it would be encouraged. Our mission is to ensure their happiness and provide quality in their lives.”

To obtain further information or to arrange a tour call Judi Robinson at 386-310-4995 or http://www.gracemanorportorange.com

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