Category: Memory Care

Living with Dementia: A Husband’s Story, Part 2

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Kevin Jameson’s wife, Ginny, lived with Dementia for several years. During the couple’s journey, Kevin became very knowledgeable of the disease and the need for more resources. In part 2 (read part 1) of our post with Kevin Jameson we explore the mission of the organization he founded, Dementia Society of America, and the power… Read more »

Living with Dementia: A Husband’s Story

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When Kevin Jameson founded the Dementia Society of America he was on a journey of profound change with his wife, Ginny. For several years, Ginny had been living with dementia. As husband and caregiver, Kevin had become well-educated on the disease. Based on his experience with Ginny, he saw a need to create an organization… Read more »

Music & Memory: An Interview with Dan Cohen

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When the team at Blakeford at Green Hills was introduced to the non-profit program Music & Memory, we wanted to be a part of their mission – to bring personalized music into the lives of our residents, helping improve their quality of life. After our certification in the Spring of 2015, a small group of Blakeford team members… Read more »

Jim & Mary Ruth: A Story of Love & Music

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The first time I met Jim and Mary Ruth I was immediately struck by the love these two share for each other. All he has to do is walk in the room and Mary Ruth’s face beams. In 65 years of marriage, Jim and Mary Ruth have experienced much together. One of the many things they… Read more »

Why Are the Arts Key to Dementia Care?

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When you receive a serious medical diagnosis, it can feel as though that diagnosis replaces your identity. I am no longer myself — instead, now I am cancer, or heart attack or dementia. But even when we carry a diagnosis, we also continue to live our lives. We are more than our diseases and care… Read more »

How To Create Meaning in Dementia Care

One of the most important things to a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s is to know their loved one is happy. However, they are often so overwhelmed by the responsibility of caregiving, that the fun of being together is lost. All engagement tends to be for survival and not for enrichment. This often results in… Read more »

Bringing Music & Memory to Blakeford

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In June 2014, I came across a trailer for the documentary film Alive Inside. I was immediately taken with the film’s subject – the ability of music to reawaken memories thought to be lost through a program called Music & Memory. Now, a little more than a year later, Blakeford is a certified Music &… Read more »