Senior Americans Day 2015 – Resources and Information for Seniors

Senior Americans Day 2015, for adults 55+, will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the W.R. Davies Center on the UW-Eau Claire Campus.

Choose from breakout sessions where you will learn about local history, cultural diversity, health and wellness, and creativity. Attend free health screenings and have a free photo taken in the photo booth. Enjoy a free lunch with your friends and peruse dozens of exhibit booths where you can pick up valuable information and register for door prizes.

Keynote speaker, Kari Berit, will present “Forget Less, Remember More.”

Ever forget where you put your car keys? That’s normal. Forgetting what car keys are…not normal. What is the difference between normal aging and memory loss? Arm yourself with the facts about your brain and reduce your worries. We’ll explore how the human brain works and what it needs to stay healthy. And you’ll try Aerobics of the Mind and discover how fun, simple activities can help you think more clearly and forget less.

Kari Berit is a speaker in the field of aging and family caregiving. She speaks nationwide, addressing professionals and families who crave emotional support and a down-to-earth approach to the issues of family and professional caregiving.

Find out more about Senior Americans Day

Grace Lutheran Foundation is a Gold sponsor of this event.

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MUSIC & MEMORY Benefits People with Dementia

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit program that can help improve the quality of life for seniors with dementia. Care professionals receive training that teaches how personalized playlists can be played on iPods or other devices that can enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.

About the Program

Some care facilities are able to receive grant money that helps with setting up the program. According to Karen Park, activity director at Grace Lutheran Foundation’s Syverson Lutheran Home, there are two sources for assistance available in the state of Wisconsin. The first is the national MUSIC & MEMORY℠ program, which was started by Dan Kohen and provides training for certification and help with funding for care facilities. The second is the Wisconsin Music & Memory initiative offered by Wisconsin Health services in Madison that provides grants to care facilities.

MUSIC & MEMORY℠  webinars provide training on:

  • The benefits of personalized music.
  • Research on personalized music as a therapeutic tool.
  • How to reduce the use of certain medications.
  • Tools to measure the success of the program.
  • How to create a customized play list.
  • How to get family and staff involved in the process.

Karen Park is in the process of creating a webinar that will be used by MUSIC & MEMORY℠ in training caregivers who are interested in participating in the program.

Resources for Family

For family members caring for loved ones at home, the MUSIC & MEMORY℠ website has free resource guides available to help them incorporate Music & Memory into their at home care.

The Grace Lutheran Foundation communities that are certified to participate in the program include:

  • Syverson Lutheran Home
  • Grace Edgewood
  • Grace Woodlands

Community News

Grace made the news in March 2015 with a mention of the MUSIC & MEMORY program at Syverson Lutheran Home. March 1 story in the Eau Claire Leader Telegram 

Top Questions to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living Community

Assisted living residences also may be called residential care facilities, adult congregate living facilities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), personal care homes, retirement homes for adults, or community residences. A unique transition from independent living without care, assisted living communities help seniors enjoy an improved quality of life with independence and care combined.

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