I went visiting on Wednesday
to see my favorite person!
When I arrived, she was in the family room
watching a Hallmark movie with
several "lady" friends!
They made room for me on the couch,
and I snuggled in next to Nana.
We always hold hands.
And when the sweet lady next to me
saw this, she took my other hand!
I was surrounded by love...
The residents had come back from activities earlier!
A full day, every day.
The mornings start with breakfast,
followed by a little exercise.
After lunch begins an afternoon full of fun!
If a resident should not want to participate,
they don't have to.
But, everyone is encouraged to partake!
I cannot express how different
River Oaks is from the previous place
Nana was in.
There, in between meals, there was very little
inter-action between the staff and the residents.
The residents mostly stayed in their rooms all day.
In silence or staring at the TV all day.
The staff at River Oaks is a constant in each residents life!
They are available at any time.
They mingle with the residents.
They chat with them.
They give a lot of hugs!
At Nana's former place of living,
the staff stayed behind the nurses desk
all day long.
Placed at the end of Nana's long hall,
very seldom did anyone come to check on her.
At River Oaks, there is no big desk area
"We are separate from all of you".
When I get off the elevator on Nana's floor,
the dining room is right across the hall.
It is a small dining area with about six tables.
Very nice and cozy!
Each floor has their own dining room.
There is small table the aides can use,
across from the elevator.
But, rarely are they sitting down!
They are mingling with all the residents;
there when needed, but not intrusive!
You can see by all the pictures that each day
is a full day!
Full of fun,
full of things that keep the mind active,
and the spirit happy!
It so very important that we all keep our minds active!
That is especially true for those with Alzheimer's.
River Oaks is doing an incredible job of keeping
all their residents happy, healthy, busy in mind and body!
But something needs to happen to help
the millions of those affected by Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's cannot wait!
Did you know that 5 million Americans
are affected by Alzheimer's?
The cost to the U.S.?
$183 billion dollars this year!
By 2050, 16 million will be affected
and the cost will be 1 trillion dollars!
Alzheimer's is the
6TH Leading Cause of Death.
It is also the only one in the top ten without away to
or Slow it's Progression!
We need a
in order to change the course
of Alzheimer's disease!
And this is where I ask you to click on the link below
and help make this happen!
Nana is just one face in a sea of beautiful
people whose life was interrupted by
this awful, horrid disease!
Even if you do not have a "Nana" or friend
affected by Alzheimer's it still depends on you
to help make a difference.
It could be You or Me as the
Face of Alzheimer's in the Future.
There are already over 130, 600 signatures!
250, 000 are needed!
So take a few minutes to click on the link,
and fill out easy-peasy petition!
It will take less time than it took read my post!
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They get stuff done!
As Nana would say,
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