Golf Channel Spotlights Silverado Senior Living Alzheimer’s Residents Learning the Game

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Golf reminds us to live moment to moment, shot to shot. Silverado calls it giving life.

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We hope that as a result of this piece, more people across America will see how important it is to provide the memory-impaired with golf and other meaningful activities that foster learning, camaraderie and purpose.

“For all that golf can teach us, all of the parallels between our lives and this game, golf reminds us to live moment to moment, shot to shot. Sports psychologists call it being present. Silverado Senior Living calls it giving life.”

These are the opening words of a segment on the Golf Channel program “Golf in America” about golf lessons taught to people with Alzheimer’s and other memory-impairing diseases who reside at Silverado Senior Living in Belmont, Calif. The piece debuted this month and can now be seen on the Silverado LIFE blog.

The eight-minute segment chronicles how every Wednesday for the past three years, Silverado has taken residents to the Deep Cliff Golf Course in Cupertino, Calif. for classes with teaching professional Gerry Benton. The sessions are designed to reignite the memories of those who played earlier in their lives and to give novices a new and enriching experience.

Among the residents featured is Norma Boyle, who says her focus in the lessons is to “get some skills on how to play.” Boyle, not a golfer prior to coming to Silverado, is shown confidently making chip shots. Other participants are seen practicing full swings and putts. Also spotlighted are resident Ralph Dinardi and Petra, a dog adopted by Silverado that lives at the community. After taking the golf lessons, Dinardi began practicing shots in Silverado’s courtyard. Petra developed the habit of chasing the golf balls and returning them to Dinardi, and the two are now inseparable.

Silverado Senior Living Senior Administrator Daizel Gasperian compares the positive experience of Silverado’s residents at the golf course with the soaring trajectory of a golf ball. As they learn the game, the memory-impaired are “limitless, they’re in an environment where everything is right and they can do anything,” she says during the piece.

A crew from the Golf Channel traveled to Silverado Senior Living in Belmont in September, 2011 and spent three days on location to shoot the segment. The Golf Channel team consisted of Dominic Dastoli, producer; Mike Hamilton, director of photography; Jason Sobel, reporter; Dennis Sullivan, editor; Allan Freeman, field audio; and Scott Perry, post audio.

“We greatly appreciate the attention and focus the Golf Channel gave to Silverado’s golf lessons,” said Silverado Senior Living President & CEO Loren Shook. “We hope that as a result of this piece, more people across America will see how important it is to provide the memory-impaired with golf and other meaningful activities that foster learning, camaraderie and purpose. The goal is to touch the inner spirit of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and to make each day worth living. At Silverado, this is what ‘giving life’ is all about.”

Silverado Senior Living, based in Irvine, Calif., operates memory care communities in California, Texas, Arizona, Utah and Illinois. It also offers home care, care management, and hospice care through its Silverado At Home and Silverado Hospice service lines, for a total of 34 operating locations.

Silverado Senior Living’s website is http://www.SilveradoSenior.com. A live internet chat line offered through the site and the toll-free phone line 866-522-8125 enable the public to obtain information and assistance with the organization’s services and referral to other resources at any time of day or night.

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