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Touchmark at Mt. Bachelor Village - December 2013 Newsletter

  1. 1. EVENT{FULL} Monthly updates from your {FULL} Life community Memory care expert shares tips for coping During the recent grandopening activities, noted author Anne Hill, JD, shared personal experience and invaluable insights with a standing-roomonly crowd. The presentation included Anne’s top 10 tips for coping when facing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia in a loved one. Anne’s tips have come from her own experience, as her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease Sept. 12, 2001. 1. You have to change. Your family member can’t change. • The hippocampi process everything—smells, vision, balance, etc. With dementia, messages aren’t delivered. • Signs of early-stage dementia include diminishing short-term memory (repeating questions), personality changes (as the frontal lobe changes), and isolation. 2. Learn to act (or how to react). • Dementia is brain failure; it’s not dissimilar to heart failure/ kidney failure/liver failure, etc. Except, it’s your brain, which controls everything. We don’t scold people for having heart failure; they can’t help it. The same is true for people with a dementia. • Ninety percent of communication is nonverbal, so watch yours. For example, avoid sighing or concealing your feelings. 3. A good mood is your best ally. • Learn how to keep it (and get it back). • Identify six ways to get your loved one back to a good mood. (It might be eating cookies, talking about cats, the children or grandchildren, swearing, getting a treat at Dairy Queen … just identify six ways: You’ll need them. 4. Never argue! 5. Develop a thick skin. • You’ll need a thick (cont.) Enjoying autumn fun From Halloween costumes to beanbag baseball with local children, it’s been a fun, full fall. TOUCHMARK AT MT. BACHELOR VILLAGE Issue 12, 2013 | page 1 October 2011
  2. 2. (cont.) skin for the times your loved one yells at Sharing the {FULL} Life! • Never respond in kind. It’s a great way to celebrate the season. We invite you to visit and share the joy, friendship, and fun—discover all that’s offered at Touchmark. Happy holidays to you and yours! you, “I hate you!” 6. Help your loved one role shift gracefully. • People with dementia become less able to do things. Find kind ways to exit a situation that allows the person to maintain his/her dignity. 7. Build two teams: • The first one is for your loved one. The team could include the doctor, dentist, neighbor, social worker, religious advisor, etc. • The second one is for you: Your doctor, dentist, counselor, social worker, good friend (who is a listener and not a solver), etc. 8. Use your teams. 9. Network, so you don’t lose yourself. • Keep up with your book clubs/music/whatever interests you and allows you to nurture yourself. 10. Remember the good times—and know there will always be more. Featured: Cottage 27 Offers: river view, 1,819 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, deck, dining room, two-car garage, master suite, and breakfast nook Bonus tips: 11. Treat caregivers well. 12. I tell staff when I speak with them, “Treat family members well.” The Cascade Business News featured Touchmark’s new service. Read the story online: e-headlines/4544-touchmark-unveils-memorycare-wing. Featured: River Lodge home 325 Offers: 1,065 square feet, one bedroom, one bathroom, den, view overlooking water feature, award-winning River Lodge, easy river access, and gas fireplace TOUCHMARK AT MT. BACHELOR VILLAGE Issue 12, 2013 | page 2
  3. 3. Preserving life stories for the future Marge Coalman, EdD Vice President of Wellness & Programs Celebrating the possibilities “‘Why not’ is a slogan for an interesting life.” – Mason Cooley, professor and aphorist Year’s end brings a time for reflection and shared memories. All of the holidays and holy days for people of faith have celebratory events and traditions. Often the gifts of the spirit, friendships, family relationships, victories, and losses are remembered. Resident Mildred Rochelle wanted to pass on her life stories. So she loved it when her two granddaughters asked her write down the family’s history. Ever since that request, Mildred has been working on her legacy book. She’s documenting facts, writing down memories, and going through her mother’s and grandmother’s old trunk looking for photos. Then Touchmark offered a class, called Stories Connect Us, which helped Mildred explore even deeper the topics of family and career. “I’ve always been very family oriented,” says Mildred, who shared some highlights from her legacy story. Mildred had an impressive career in education and holds a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and a master’s from the University of California Los Angeles. After living in California and Tennessee, Mildred moved to Bend to be closer to her daughter. “I traded the ocean for the pine trees, and that’s not so bad. I love Touchmark, the wonderful staff and people I have met here.” Mildred is a firm believer that anyone can be happy where they want to be happy, because it is all a state of mind. As 2014 approaches, many ponder, “What’s next?” Perhaps the better question is, “Why not?” Things on the bucket list might be due for a move to the action list. Healthy aging means nurturing curiosity, passion, and imagination. Lifelong learning, community service, volunteerism, adventures, and new beginnings are characteristics of Touchmark champions. To learn more about champions and share your individual talents, strengths, and skills, contact a member of the Full Life team. Continuing to grow and succeed in self-determined goals is the essence of active aging. Mildred Rochelle has been participating in Touchmark’s Stories Connect Us class, which helps people record and pass along memories. TOUCHMARK AT MT. BACHELOR VILLAGE October 2011 | page 1 Issue 12, 2013 | page 3
  4. 4. EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Contact a Full Life team member for additional details, including registration, transportation information, and participation requirements. First week in December Join us for Christmas and holidays decorating. We will have the trees up and ornaments available for decorating. Enjoy hot drinks and treats. Watch the calendar for locations and times. Thursday, Dec. 5, 10 am Informational session on the Oregon Telecommunication Device Access program. Terrace Lodge Lounge. Friday, Dec. 6, 11 am Jingle Bell Walk for Arthritis at Touchmark. We’re hosting an indoor, one-mile walk through the hallways of the Terrace and Cliff Lodges. Registration is $10 for the Touchmark walk and includes registration for the walk in downtown Bend on Saturday, Dec. 7. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food bank. Drop off at any lodge. Friday, Dec. 6, 4 pm Bells of Sunriver Performance. Terrace Lodge Forum. Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:30 am Join the outdoor walk on in downtown Bend, sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. Invite your friends and family. All are welcome. Monday, Dec. 16, 2 pm Armchair Traveler goes to Russia. Watch a video and sample food from Russia. Hear from residents who have traveled to this interesting country. Terrace Lodge Forum. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 5 pm Brew Crew will visit Broken Top Bottle Shop. Thursday, Dec. 19, 11 am Touchmark Connections Support Group will meet on in the Four Seasons Private Dining Room. Anyone who is caring for a loved one with memory issues is invited. Thursday, Dec. 26, 5 pm Christmas Holiday Dinner with a Russian theme. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7 pm New Year’s Eve Celebration with the Alley Cats. See the full calendar of events online: TOUCHMARK AT MT. BACHELOR VILLAGE Issue 12, 2013 | page 4
  5. 5. BRAIN BUILDERS Creative thinking! With all the presents open, imagine—and list—what you could do with empty boxes. Example: Make a small fort with children. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ©2010 Umpqua Bank. All rights reserved. Touchmark thanks the following advertisers for their support ... GREAT COMMUNITIES START WITH GREAT PEOPLE. We’re lucky to be surrounded by both.   Terrace Lodge 19800 SW Touchmark Way, Bend • 541-312-4888 MEMBER FDIC EQUAL HOUSING LENDER     SBA PREFERRED LENDER  Mention Touchmark resident and staff special for 10% off non-sale products – Bend North store only Specializing in Implant & Comprehensive Dentistry Dr. Peter M. Yonan DMD TEL. FAX. 541.383.0754 541.383.8128 625 NW Colorado Avenue, Bend, Oregon 97701 TOUCHMARK AT MT. BACHELOR VILLAGE October 2011 | page 1 See next page for more For great customer service call Issue 12, 2013 | page 5
  6. 6. Touchmark thanks the following advertisers for their support ... Thinking of Moving to Touchmark? Jeanne Turner, Principal Broker Call Josefa at 541-383-1414 for information about advertising. “Call me at 541-420-4600 for a free market analysis.” Caring...Knowledgeable...Effective 33 Years of Experience 909 Wall St., Bend, OR 97701 605 NW Newport Ave., Bend, OR 97701 Phone: (541) 382-3791 or (800) 433-4588 Fax: (541) 382-2361 Bend Skin CO Debra Simpkins Licensed Aesthetician 541.390.3338 Facials, Waxing and More Touchmark at Mt Bachelor Village, CL#3 Bend, OR 97702 Chic Shanties Restyling & Real Estate Staging We use your existing furnishings to: Prepare your home for the market Restyle your home for living Consultation Services SAVE 10% By the hour, room or entire project Karen 541-815-6919 Vicki 541-480-2990 TOUCHMARK AT MT. BACHELOR VILLAGE 19800 SW Touchmark Way • Bend, OR 97702 541-383-1414 • © 2011 Touchmark Living Centers, Inc., all rights reserved