If your spouse, parent, or grandparent is suffering from mild cognitive impairment, there are steps you can take to help your loved one remain as sharp as possible.
Learn how mild dementia affects the brain and discover games and activities to keep the brain stimulated, at a free interactive workshop from The Ivey, the adult day care center in the SouthPark area. The non-profit will host "Helping Seniors with Mild Dementia Stay Sharp" on Wednesday, March 16, from 2 to 4 pm, repeated from 6 to 8 pm, at The Ivey, 6030 Park South Drive. Admission is free but pre-registration is requested. To pre-register, call The Ivey at 704/909-2070.
You’ll leave with ideas to exercise your loved one’s memory and enhance logic and reasoning skills. Games will include reading and figuring out clues to puzzles, remembering visual details in pictures, focusing and recalling patterns, and tricks for recalling names of people, objects and concepts. The focus is on memory and reasoning -- keys for keeping the brain strong and the person as independent as possible for as long as possible.
The presenter is Dr. Vicki Parker, founder and director of The Brain Trainer, an evidence-based brain training and speech therapy facility in south Charlotte. The Brain Trainer’s goal is to strengthen clients' cognitive skills - the building blocks of learning and communication. Dr. Parker, a speech language pathologist with a focus in neuroscience, has worked with well seniors and those with early dementia. Her work has been featured on more than 100 NBC stations nationwide.
Free adult day care services are available during the presentation for caregivers who need assistance for their loved ones. Arrange in advance by calling The Ivey at 704/909-2070.
The Ivey® is a not-for-profit adult day care center that provides daytime services for people affected by Alzheimer’s and other types of memory loss, social isolation, or physical frailty due to stroke, Parkinson’s, and similar illnesses. The Ivey offers socialization, engaging activities, meals from a Johnson & Wales-trained chef, and healthcare monitoring from an on-site registered nurse. The Ivey’s services allow caregivers to hold jobs, continue friendships, and refresh from the responsibilities of providing constant care. The Ivey is one of two state-certified adult day care centers in Mecklenburg County that holds the state’s Special Care Services certification for Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, Parkson’s and stroke-related frailty. For more, see www.theivey.com.