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The right to acceptance does not stop when a person's experience or expression of selfhood changes.

The Golub Family Memory Enhancement Center (MEC) was designed to maximize the feeling of home for its residents.

Mission Statement of the MEC

The Golub Family Memory Enhancement Center at Daughters of Sarah is dedicated to facilitating the acceptance of each resident's life experience. The accepting culture of the Memory Enhancement Center is built around the unique needs and identity of its residents, meeting those needs through specialized programs and a supportive environment.

What is Memory Enhancement?

Memory Enhancement is a set of advanced communication skills used to identify, access and integrate alternative memory patterns. While outcomes are varied and creative, Memory Enhancement:

facilitates communication
accesses alternative memory patterns
takes patience, awareness, courage and compassion
does not supersede medical care

Who might benefit?

Memory Enhancement may help individuals who suffer from impaired memory or memory loss due to Alzheimer's or dementia. People with dementia lose their abilities at different rates. Dementia symptoms may include:

asking the same questions repeatedly
becoming lost in familiar places
being unable to follow directions
getting disoriented about time, people, and places
neglecting personal safety, hygiene, and nutrition.

A home-like setting for a culture of acceptance

The single-story, 25,000-square foot building was designed to facilitate our culture of acceptance, which supports and enhances our residents' experiences of self-hood and dignity. Activities, schedules and staffing patterns are designed around the residents' abilities and needs. The building features:

36 private rooms with private bathrooms
an intimate, residential ambience
quiet alcoves for socializing and stimulation using melodies and words
patios, enclosed outdoor courtyards and strolling paths
maximum flexibility in recreational and therapeutic programming
cognitive and physical stimulation in a safe, minimally restrictive environment.

They're still the people we love.

Although it may seem that the person we loved is no longer "in there," therapeutic exercises can help bring them out. The MEC offers supervised opportunities for people to do the things that help them feel like themselves, depending on their life histories.

A former secretary might enjoy typing or putting papers in file folders.
A former home-maker might enjoy setting the table, or sitting with a cup of coffee while folding warm clothes fresh from the dryer.
A former teller might enjoy sorting Monopoly money.

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