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Getting to Know our Talented Associates in Memory Care

Posted on: Jul 29, 2020

David Troxel, MPH, co-author of The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care and Consultant to Christian Horizons

This week Christian Horizons enters its seventh week of an 8-week campaign to improve the lives of residents living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. The premise of the campaign is that socialization and activity remain important for people living with dementia, despite the challenges of the COVID 19 environment. Each week staff will focus on a specific topic or activity to encourage connection and community – particularly important during this time of limited family visits and infection control.

This week’s focus is a continuation of Christian Horizons work to celebrate the unique and interesting life stories of our residents and associates. During the week, a card will be distributed to each associate who will be invited to complete a “Top 10” list about his or her life story. Does an associate play a musical instrument, excel at a sport, enjoy dancing, love dogs, or bake exceptional bread? Has an associate served in the military, received an award for public service, or overcome a challenge? What hobbies does someone enjoy? Perhaps we will discover that a Christian Horizons nurse sings opera or that a certified nursing assistant raises orchids. 

When these Top 10 cards are completed, these “mini memoirs” will be shared with the team in memory care, building community and adding some interest and fun to the program. It builds a caring and successful culture when associates learn more about each other, and also reminds everyone of the importance of knowing our residents with memory loss equally well. 

An additional benefit is learning “things in common.” Perhaps a 30-year-old staff member went to the same high school as a 75-year-old resident with dementia. Maybe a staff member and resident both enjoy country western music or attend the same church. All this information builds bridges and helps form essential and healing relationships.

The contemporary view of dementia is that people living with memory loss are in many ways just like the rest of us; we all have the need to be known and to be part of a community.

With its new Pathway Memory Support program, Christian Horizons strives to build a “therapeutic environment,” which is a healing environment full of activity and meaningful relationships. Knowing each other’s biographies help residents living with dementia feel safe, secure, and valued and add satisfaction and interest to daily work of our valued associates. 

Join us for an informative and helpful webinar presented by David Troxel: Spirituality and Dementia, Making the Connection. 

When: August 6, 2020 at 1 p.m. CST

To register for this webinar go to