Registering for Navigating As We Age: Changes & Choices: Information on registering will be posted on Sunday, February 12 for review. The following day, will be the one day registration beginning at 9:00am and ending at 5:00pm. Acceptance for this course is on a first-come-first-served basis and we expect that space for 20 residents will fill quickly. Those admitted will be notified the next day.
While most Riderwood residents have access to tech devices, features and availability of important applications remain mysterious for many of us. Trudy Downs, our resident techie guru, presented a program to close some of the gaps in our knowledge.
Trudy offered step by step instruction on: adding important health and identity to your phones; learning about accessibility features for those with visual impairment; and learning about wearable devices that can support us when there is an emergency but also in helping in a myriad of other ways.
Coping with Cognitive Changes: Tools and Resources
Here at Riderwood, it is not uncommon to notice that cognitive changes are taking place in ourselves, a loved one or a neighbor. Our observations can prompt anxiety, particularly when we see these changes in ourselves. Educating ourselves about cognitive changes can alleviate much of that anxiety.
What tools and resources are available when we are faced with these changes? What are some effective ways of communicating with people experiencing memory or behavior changes? Are there treatments for people with cognitive changes? What does Riderwood offer to residents with cognitive changes?
Caring Connections and Riderwood’s Resident Services Department are co-sponsoring a three-part series on Coping with Cognitive Changes. The series will be presented on three consecutive Wednesday mornings, February 8, 15, and 23 from 10-11:30 am in the Chesapeake Room on the Lower Level in Montgomery Station.
The February 8 presentation will feature, Cara Skrypchuk, the Senior Director, Memory Support Services for Erickson Senior Living. She will help us better understand how cognitive changes impact our brain and the resulting alterationsthat can occur in our daily interactions. One of the goals of this presentation and the overall series, is to decrease the stigma around these health challenges. Whenempowered by knowledge, we are better equipped to relate to others withcompassion and support.
On both February 15 and 23, the Alzheimer’s Association will present programs designed to promote lifestyle choices that support brain health and to offer effective communication strategies when challenging behaviors are present.