The number of people living with Dementia is projected to increase by 30 million over the next 15 years. Dementia, the loss of mental functions such as thinking, memory, and reasoning that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning, is not only overwhelming for the people who have it, but also for their caregivers and families. Opportunities, Inc. has seen an increase in Dementia and has adapted additional training and care giving into their Adult Day Services program.
Opportunities, Inc.’s Adult Day Services (ADS) program offers a unique balance of exposure to life engaging services, both on-site and in the community. Customized services promote independence and personal achievement to meet the needs and interests of participants in a nurturing environment. It is the ideal program to expand for meeting the needs of our aging community members that experience Dementia.
Linda Branson, Director of Community Options, comments, “The onset of Dementia is becoming more prevalent for many of our aging participants and is truly a needed service. Our new Memory Care service will offer fulfilling activities in a safe and caring environment. Our professional team has embraced this opportunity with eagerness. They are expanding creative options for protecting the precious memories of those we serve.”
Melissa Jaeggi, the program’s facilitator, stated, "Several of our team members and I have attended recent trainings to learn the skills necessary for successful interaction with people with dementia. We promote our participants’ strengths and abilities, accept behaviors as a way of communication and continuously strive to understand Alzheimer’s disease and aging issues. An example of an activity we do is the writing of a life story. We are creating photo albums and scrapbooks with labeled pictures. This is not only for the participants’ enjoyment, but to also learn more about each participant to communicate and connect with them more effectively and provide the support they need.”
Opportunities, Inc. is committed to advancing and enhancing the lives of those with diverse abilities. For more information on the Memory Care Program and other dementia support services, contact Linda Branson, Director of Community Options at 920-563-2437.
Program participants enjoy activities such as crafts together.