Dementia Care

The Witherell Has Gone to the Dogs (and Cats and Birds)!

Dementia Care | 0 comments | by Harrison Edwards

We all remember our first pet. Even as we age, memories of our childhood pets remain, long after dates, places, and faces fade from recall. For residents at the Nathaniel Witherell, those fond connections to companionship are renewed often through the Witherell’s Pet Therapy Program. The Witherell has always been a place where pets are…

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The Arts are Alive at the Witherell!

Culture | 0 comments | by Harrison Edwards

From landscape and pottery painting to photo exhibits and artist lectures—the arts are an important part of life at the Nathaniel Witherell. Our community is home to several former artists, and we’re a place where budding creative talent is nurtured. Our therapeutic arts program is robust. Residents can participate in hands-on arts projects, or can…

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When Love Blooms: Navigating New Senior Connections

Alzheimer's | 0 comments | by Harrison Edwards

When elderly parents or spouses enter a skilled nursing facility, they are bound to form new friendships. But what happens when that friendship blossoms into something more? As new romantic relationships form between elderly adults, spouses and adult children can feel betrayed and concerned. If their loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or…

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Deciding on Skilled Nursing Care? Make Peace of Mind Your #1 Criterion

Alzheimer's | 0 comments | by Harrison Edwards

Deciding to move a family member into a skilled nursing facility can be emotionally trying. Adult children can feel guilty about not being able to care for their parents at home, or they fear their parents won’t be cared for properly. Financial considerations also complicate matters, particularly when children worry their parents’ assets won’t cover…

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Holiday Gift Ideas for a Loved One with Dementia

Alzheimer's | 0 comments | by supermaster

What’s a good holiday gift to give to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? That’s a popular question this time of year, and one often asked by family members of our residents here at The Nathaniel Witherell. Allen Brown, Witherell’s executive director, suggests giving “a gift that matches the person’s lifelong or…

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