Archive | September, 2011

Lunch With the Neighbors

Enjoying a Neighbor's fresh cooked meal

Remember when you enjoyed having lunch with a neighbor? We all have enjoyed entertaining and visiting with friends. Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients need a sense of belonging and community. We provided that today with a special lunch outing at a neighbor’s house today. The residents enjoyed a tour of the house and garden. Glowing with memories one resident said with a smile “I remember when I use to have lunch parties with all my neighbors, back then you enjoyed your neighbors, ha, ha!”
We had fabulous home-cooking, and some Neil Diamond music playing on the patio.
Good times at The Rose of Poway!


Computer Class Is Now in Session

It is never to late to learn a new skill. We worked with our residents one-to-one to teach them basic computer and e-mail skills. For those residents who cannot type, e-mails are dictated for them! This opens the door to keeping in touch with friends and family! “I can keep in touch with my grandson in college”.
Emails are sent and received by the residents and it brings them closer to their families. This communication with their family uplifts our Alzheimer’s patients beyond words, the smiles are ear to ear!

Never too old to learn a new skill

Ann renewing her typing skills


Music Is Magic

drumming on a practice drum

Having some fun drumming

It is magical especially for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. This week at The Rose of Poway we began individual drumming lessons to lay the foundation for our regular music therapy class beginning in September. With a pair of drumsticks in hand and a smile one resident said “I’m 82 years old learning to drum? Life is so wonderful, and I’m actually kind of good “.
All the residents were smiling and had a determination to play. The music brought back fond memories and turned the music session into a reminiscing talk about childhood music lessons that they loved.


Fashioning Jewelery

We offer a wide variety of hobbies for our memory impaired residents. A great example of this is fashioning jewelry. Working with a variety of jewelry making materials is a nice tactile activity for

Fashioning Bracelets

Enjoying Jewelry Design

our residents with Alzheimer’s or other Dementia’s. The feel and colors of the beads stimulates both brain and body. Each resident made their own bracelet to keep or give as a gift!!
Pride and a sense of accomplishment are the reward.


The Power of Reminiscing

Have you ever just needed a friend? Of course, we all have at one time or another. At The Rose of Poway we have the unique ability to offer one on one time. Group activities are great, but individual time is very important. For a person with Alzheimer’s to know they can have a private conversation about anything they want gives them a sense of belonging, importance, and peace.
We also offer trips out from The Rose of Poway to “get away” and really allow a chance for reflection and relaxation! On a recent trip one resident said “I feel so normal being able to sit by the lake and just chat”.

MAry Ellen enjoying one-to-one time

A beautiful day at Lake Poway