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Unique Alzheimer's Program Improves Quality Of Life And Provides Purpose
Date:4/8/2010

atment by participating in personalized activities designed to engage the individual at his or her level and interest.

"Our philosophy is for staff to know who the residents truly are -- the special things just about them and their lives that make them who they are," says Bridge to Rediscovery Clinical Program Manager Robert Brennan. "Once we know these important facts, dreams and wishes, we can engage with them every day in a way that's meaningful just for them."

Staff and family members of individuals in the Bridge to Rediscovery program believe it helps those with Alzheimer's feel more connected and understood. At the senior living communities that utilize the program, anecdotal evidence has shown decreases in behavioral symptoms such as pacing and wandering, and in a few cases, the restoration of some lost functioning.

The philosophy and daily living activities of Bridge to Rediscovery were inspired by the Montessori-style approach to education used throughout the world to help children succeed. In the Montessori tradition, Bridge to Rediscovery focuses on the individual and helps them learn through meaningful, hands-on activities. All Bridge to Rediscovery staff members are trained by a credentialed trainer in Montessori-based dementia programming.

In addition to other activities of daily living, Bridge to Rediscovery has a unique dining program for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia-related disorders. It features a restaurant-like setting, with butler-service and family style dining. For many of today's seniors, this is comfortably reminiscent of how they used to experience mealtime, and in spite of Alzheimer's disease it encourages them to interact with both the servers and each another.

With Bridge to Rediscovery programs at more than 82 senior living communities in 27 states, Five Star Senior Living is helping make a difference for those with Alzheimer's disease and their loved one
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