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How Engagement Therapy at Arden Courts Helps Enrich Residents' Lives

Situation: Ernie holds a Master's degree in drama from Yale University and has produced and directed professional productions in North America. He taught drama and wrote 17 plays for touring shows aimed at young audiences. Usually active in reading clubs as well as regularly playing cards with his cousins, Ernie's family began to notice he was having difficulty playing cards. He became withdrawn and did not communicate as he had been in the past. After falling several times in his home, Ernie knew he could no longer live alone.

Programming: Upon arrival to Arden Courts, Ernie's dementia had affected his speech and his ability to communicate. As the Arden team assessed Ernie's interests and lifestyle biography, they knew it must be difficult for a former drama teacher, director and writer to not be able to express himself. Through Engagement Therapy programming, the staff started a drama club in which ernie became very active. Gaining confidence, Ernie joined the Men's Club, Music Matters and Trivia Challenge as well as started attending the daily coffee social and various weekly scheduled groups.

Results: Recently, Ernie defeated his cousin in a card game and he announced to his brother, "I am better now!" Inspired and directed by Ernie, Arden Courts presented their first play with all family and friends of the play participants invited to attend. The goal at Arden Courts is to provide life enriching programs for our residents so they can enjoy time together. It's amazing how much they enrich our caregivers' lives too!

 

Engagement Therapy Treatment is an exclusive program that was created to provide small groups the opportunity to socialize and share with others with similar functional and cognitive abilities.

 

Caring for people the Arden Courts way.

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