We have often written about the value of providing a sense of purpose to individuals struggling with dementia. When that sense of purpose extends out to the greater community, it has an even more powerful impact on all who are involved.
Over the holidays, the residents of Porter Place Memory Care in Tinley Pak, Illinois decided to embark upon a very special project to benefit P.A.W.S of Tinley Park, a no-kill animal shelter dedicated to the protection of domestic animals and to the attempt to prevent animal cruelty in the surrounding communities.
Anything involving an effort to help animals tends to get a particularly enthusiastic response. Porter Place residents and staff considered a variety of ways to raise money for the shelter. Finally, they came up with a great idea: make their own special organic dog treats. Everyone loved it! The popular gourmet treats sold out quickly to dog owners and lovers throughout the community.
The fundraiser itself was a big success, garnering $268 for P.A.W.S.; a donation that will go a long way towards helping house and feed shelter animals, especially during the cold months of winter. P.A.W.S. Director, Jane Kocek, visited the community residents to personally thank them for their hard work and generous donation. Bobbi Kelley, Porter Place Community Relations Director, made note of the importance to the residents of participating in the project as well as the donation. “It’s very important that all of our residents have the opportunity to help others and contribute to society,” she said. “We all need purpose!”
Taking part in activities that provide a greater good to the broader community creates a sense of purpose in all of us, especially aging adults who are challenged with a dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. It adds meaning to their lives and provides the social interaction that is so important for their physical and emotional wellbeing.
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, try to find stimulating, purposeful activities for them to participate in. You can either do this at home or find a local memory care community and get involved. Anthem Memory Care communities regularly open our doors to the public and would welcome an opportunity to meet you and your loved one!