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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Evening Get Together

When you first get off the elevator at the fifth floor, you enter the main living room area of the memory care unit although it is somewhat more institutional than it is home living room. It is also known as the "Music Area" in which one CD or another is usually playing, classical, Frank Sinatra, etc. A very calming area.

After dinner the other night; Gregory, Manny, and I were joined by Gerrie and her son and son-in-law Howard and Robert as we sat in a circle in the living room. With music playing softly in the background, those of us who could carry on a conversation did and the others enjoyed being part of the group.

I noticed at Ben and Edward were hanging out around the corner listening in on our discussion. I invited them to join us which they silently did. Ben sits in a baby stroller type PVC pipe construction that enables him to walk around the unit. Edward, formerly a doctor, uses a wheel chair and "kick walks" himself around.

So picture this, here is a group of 8 people sitting around in the "living room" after dinner having a friendly conversation. If you can stay in the moment and see through their eyes, a good time was had by all. What a strong sense of community!

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