What exactly is the meaning of Life Enrichment?
Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, dementia care, The Family Caregiver, Senior Care Professionals, memories, dementia, Hospital Professionals, activities, life enrichment, Person centered care, Joy, Flashback Reminiscence Training
I was privileged to speak yesterday to the Dallas Area Parkinson's Society (DAPS) about how care partners can embrace wellness and joy. For persons living with Parkinson's Disease and other neurological conditions, finding wellness and joy in everyday life can be challenging and elusive at best. I know this first-hand, as my mother lived with Parkinson's Disease (PD). Speaking from experience as her partner in this journey, my words of wisdom for embracing wellness and joy encompassed some simple steps.
As my mother's Parkinson's Disease progressed, it was very apparent that food and the mealtime experience became more important to her. So much so, that I remember saying "Mom's still finds joy in yummy food". That said, her "yummy" was not always the healthiest, but we wanted her to be happy. We knew that healthy foods were important, but probably not as important as the joy of witnessing her with excitement dig in to a chocolate fudge sundae with extra whipped cream. Now THAT was a quality dining experience!