As the summer comes to a close and the hills turn auburn, we are looking forward to a change in the season and cozy fall days ahead. It is amazing to see the morphing of community happen within these beautiful walls. Our managers are seeing far and wide the impact of their departments. Our Maintenance team holds together as they keep the place spruced up. Our care team is showing their cohesion and dedication. Our kitchen has a rhythm of unity as they produce our essential delights. But most of all we are diving deeper into relationships and understanding of our beloved residents. Dementia is dynamic, and daily we all see joys alongside challenges. However, the honor of supporting our residents through these seasons of change is a joyous commitment.

We hope to keep the sense of family strengthened each month with our Family Support group. This month, Brett Hearl shared about Dementia and Pharmacology and helped us sort through this maze a bit.

On October 17th at 6:00 pm, Kristi Karpenko will help lead a discussion about Anticipatory Grief. Coping with dementia is hard—loving those coping with dementia is really hard too. Loving and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias can often feel like a daily grieving process that does not seem to end. Feelings connected to that grief can get muddled and confusing. Roles change like the seasons in a year, but like the fall days ahead we hope to bond together and find the beauty in the moments of each season.

Please join us each month for the Family Support Group Meeting on the third Thursday of each month form 6:00-7:00 pm.

Sincerely,
Tamara Steffen

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