Page 1

FEBRUARY 2018 C L I N I C A L U P DAT E

Memory Care Tips and Tools from St. Barnabas

Employee Spotlight SHELLY MUSHINSKY

Shelly Mushinsky is the Memory Care Specialist at St. Barnabas Arbors III, Gibsonia. She has had the privilege of serving residents at the St. Barnabas, Nursing Home, Valencia Woods, and Arbors Valencia since 2004. Shelly enjoys time with her husband, family and especially grandchildren. She is an avid reader and loves music and gardening. e

‘Working with residents living with dementia is where my heart is, continually learning and sharing in their journey.‘ – Shelly

Dedicated Care

Through purposeful engagement in a safe and secure setting, we lessen anxiety, increase joy and provide residents with a sense of dignity and purpose. To learn more about Memory Care at St. Barnabas, visit StBarnabasMemoryCare.com or contact Ann Nelson, Director of Clinical Admissions by phone at 724-625-4000 or email at ANelson@StBarnabasHealthSystem.com. e

Learn to Dance With Dementia

Written by the daughter of a St. Barnabas Memory Care resident

Dancing with dementia was not easy. My dad always loved to dance. He would glide around the dance floor. The first dance was always with my mom, then with my two older sisters and finally, my turn! I remember the excitement as I anticipated my turn to have my dad lead me around the dance floor. It wasn’t always graceful, but it was our dance. In my dad’s final years he was diagnosed with dementia. This was heartbreaking. Learning to communicate with him became a challenge. Then, I remembered how to follow his lead and let him lead me in this dance. Some days we would talk, others we would spend singing and sometimes we just sat quietly holding hands. Once again it wasn’t always graceful, but it was our dance. Given the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance! continued on page 2


2

Think Better Memory Care Tips and Tools from St. Barnabas Learn to Dance With Dementia [cont’d.]

Some tips on communicating with a loved one who has dementia:

The Dance–Word Search S

O B M A M H N P W A N E

• Address them by the name you always called them. For example, we called my dad ‘Papa.’

W P

• Avoid noisy, bright, loud places, this can be overwhelming and distracting. • It’s okay to just sit next to someone, they know you are there for them. • Don’t correct them or tell them they are wrong. Just go along with it or redirect the conversation. • Ask if you can hug or kiss them so you don’t startle them. You know them, but they may not remember you. • They can sense your emotions, so enjoy the dance! e

T

Y

B

A

B O E N A

Z

B

T

A U P H C Q E

• Follow their lead, don’t ask them to remember.

• Use names when referring to others in a conversation instead of she, he or they.

FEBRUARY 2018

U D I

R

A

C

F M R N

A M L

R

L

I

W M

A

L

T

A

L

U

A

R

L

T

T

A O R

K

L

X

D B

E

B

A O T

T

L

S O V

K O N Z

R

L

O M F

G A

A

Y

S

X

Z

I

S

T

Q O K

L

T M

I

U O I

F

J

J

N R

S O D B

A O

N G A H M V

T

Z

G

M A

L

B

K

B R

O A

L

U H E O Q M Y

P

X

X

B M B

P

Z

G

X M S

U V

E

A O E

C

J

F

L

I

F

N

Q Z W M A

S

G

S O V

T

L

E

U

V H U S

P

V W Q B H G Q Y

T

Y

L

V

I

I

R

P

N S W

M

E

T

L

O S

U D U

E

E

U

I

C

Y

BALLET, BALLROOM, CHARLESTON, DISCO, FOXTROT, HULA, HUSTLE, LAMBADA, LIMBO, LINE, MACARENA, MAMBO, POLKA, RUMBA SALSA, SQUARE, SWING, TANGO, TAP, TWIST, WALTZ

Positive and Encouraging Support

We are here for you and your loved ones. Learning to live with Alzheimer’s or other dementia is a challenge. The St. Barnabas Memory Care Team facilitate Alzheimer’s and other Dementia Support Groups and Memory Cafés that are open to anyone who would like to join. Our hope is that through sharing advice, resources and engaging conversations with others dealing with the same day-to-day challenges you and your loved ones will find increased joy and lessened anxiety. The groups are conducted by facilitators certified by The Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s and other Dementia Support Group is designed for caretakers whereas the Memory Café is for both the caretaker and their loved one living with dementia. For dates and times of these meetings and other valuable resources, visit our website at StBarnabasMemoryCare.com or call 724-625-4000. e


3

A Good Night’s Sleep is Good for Your Mind

Getting a good night’s sleep can help you think more clearly, quicken your reflex time and help you stay focused on your day.

Sleep affects both your physical and mental health. Today it’s almost impossible to unplug from the world around us. We live on our devices be it a phone, tablet or computer and it starts at an early age. We can’t get enough of the flashing colors, sounds and actions. It is easy to become overstimulated, and when you add in the other demands of your daily life, it becomes clear why it is hard to unwind and get a good night sleep. By some estimates, about 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. Although personal needs vary, the National Institutes of Health suggest guidelines as to how much sleep you should get: • Babies—16 hours • Young children—at least 10 hours • Teenagers—at least 9 hours • Adults—7-8 hours The National Institutes of Health offer the following tips to help you get the good night sleep your body needs; go to bed the same time each night, exercise daily, avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the day and limiting the use of electronics before bedtime. Get a good night’s sleep. You’ll be surprised what it can do for your day! e

Alzheimer’s Association staff volunteering for their Day of Caring at St. Barnabas The Arbors in Valencia

For information on symptoms, diagnosis, resources, support and clinical trials: adrc.pitt.edu | University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center alz.org | Official website of the Alzheimer’s Association alzheimers.gov | U.S. government’s website focusing on timely info from experts nih.gov.alz | National Institutes of Health StBarnabasHealthSystem.com | Memory Care at St. Barnabas Health System


5850 Meridian Road . Gibsonia, PA 15044

4

Calendar of Events 5

MAR

7

MAR

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND OTHER DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP St Barnabas The Arbors III Monday, 2:00–3:30 PM ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND OTHER DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP St. Barnabas Beaver Meadows Wednesday, 10:00–11:30 AM

4

MEMORY CAFÉ St. Barnabas Beaver Meadows Wednesday, 10:00–11:30 AM

19

MEMORY CAFÉ St Barnabas The Arbors III Monday, 2:00–3:30 PM

APR

APR

CONTACT US!

724-625-4000

St. Barnabas Free Care Fund

Donors across the nation raise money for the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund. This fund has provided more than $100 million in charity health care and residence to generations of elderly and physically challenged men and women for more than a century. St. Barnabas Charities engages in innovative methods to raise money for the Free Care Fund through Beautiful Buys Thrift Shoppe, The General Store, Rudolph Auto Repair, and Kean Theatre. Fundraising events are also held throughout the year with opportunities to lend support through the purchase of tickets, sponsorships, advertising, and in-kind donations. Visit StBarnabasCharities.com for more information on events, how to donate and volunteer opportunities. e 724-625-3770 . Charities@StBarnabasHealthSystem.com 5850 Meridian Road . Gibsonia, PA 15044

.

StBarnabasHealthSystem.com

St. Barnabas - Think Better, Memory Care Tips and Tools Newsletter  
St. Barnabas - Think Better, Memory Care Tips and Tools Newsletter