Throughout the years, people have been very aware of the usefulness of human-animal connections, a mutual bond that surely has not been lost on the people growing up in the rural farming communities of the Eastern Townships like many of our residents at Grace Village. However, it is only in the past 25 years that people have begun studying the beneficial effects that this connection can have on the physical, psychological and psychosocial lives of people. Studies show that interacting with animal can lessen loneliness and isolation, reduce aggressive behaviours, and promote the increase of positive health behaviours like exercise, and healthy eating. Read more about Human-Animal Interactions and Animal-Assisted Therapy this week on the Village Blog.
Grace Village is proud to work with local educational institutions to help advance research in the field of geriatrics! Here are a few of the current projects that Grace Village is a part of.
The Grand Parade was a great success! La Grande Parade a été un grand succès !
January is Alzheimer's Awareness month, and the theme presented by the Alzheimer's Society of Canada this year is "Yes, I live with Dementia. Let me help you understand." The goal of this campaign is to share stories of those affected by dementia to reduce stigma and increase understanding about life with the disease.
To participate in the campaign, Grace Village has asked Terry Skeats, whose wife lives at Grace Village, to share more on his journey and what he has learnt from caring for his wife through her years with Alzheimer's Disease.
At Grace Village, the overall Health & Wellness of the residents is our top priority. That’s why we pride ourselves on our phenomenal care staff, but that’s also why it was important for us to include Fitness as a big goal for our residents for 2020.
Have you ever heard the saying “Having a senior moment” when talking about memory loss? How about hearing Alzheimer’s referred to as “Old-timers”? Many things in our society would lead you to believe that Dementia is a normal part of the aging process, however this is not the case. Not all older adults develop a form of Dementia. Not all older adults with memory problems are caused by Dementia. Other problems include regular aging, medical conditions, and emotional problems.
As the new year approaches, we naturally start reflecting back on the past year and all the things we have seen and done. The Recreation and Leisure department at Grace Village is busy all year!
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” - H. Jackson Brown Jr.
This week on the Village Blog we wanted to share about why Volunteering can be so beneficial to YOU!
Over the course of a year, Grace Village welcomes over 100 different students in a wide range of programs. Young people have been back in class for about a month now, so this week on the Village Blog we wanted to share about how this opportunity impacts us as an organization, and how this in turn benefits the students.
Students are headed back to school this month and we asked our Grace Village residents & staff what advice they have to give!