Resident Life


Alzheimer's Care

John F. Younger Center 

Activities in the Younger Center are designed for memory stimulation and fun. Residents enjoy gathering in groups to sing favorite songs or sorting socks of different colors. Some residents enjoy caring for the dolls in the nursery area and remembering the days when they were caring for young children. When children from Midland College Children’s Center visit the residents, both young and old enjoy a special time together!

Click on the Activity Calendar link (below, left) to see a current calendar. Be sure to check back regularly as this site is updated often.

Menus for Younger Center are available (below, left) and several weeks are published in advance. Menus from the Wildcatter’s Grill inside the Margaret Cowden Clubhouse are included here as well. Click on the Campus Menu and/or the Grill Menu to check out the dining choices. For your convenience, menus may be printed out.

There's Still a Person in There,
The Complete Guide to Treating and Coping with Alzheimer's

by Michael Castleman, Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Ph.D., and Matthew Naythons, M.D.

Many Americans believe myths about Alzheimer's disease.  Even though there is no cure at this time, progress has been made in diagnosing, treating and managing the disease.  This book presents profiles of people who have courageously dealt with memory loss.

The authors discuss risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, including increasing age, family history, genetics and environmental factors.  Families are encouraged to follow a Ten-Step Program presented in the book to help them control situations that may arise.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common disease associated with memory loss, but other causes of dementia are also discussed in this book, including depression and Parkinson's disease.  Recent drugs have been approved to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other new drugs that show promise are currently being tested.  Caregivers are encouraged to "take care of yourself" and to watch for warning signs indicating Caregiver Distress.

If a care facility is needed, the authors explain how to evaluate and select it.  There is also a chapter about methods for keeping mentally sharp to reduce the risk of memory loss.

(c) 1999, The Berkeley Publishing Group, A division of Penguin Putnam, Inc., New York, NY