By Max Wallack
Puzzles to RememberIn late December, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Compass on the Bay in South Boston and to interact with the residents there. Compass on the Bay is a memory support assisted living facility. A link to their great facebook site is here.
This facility certainly seems to offer some wonderful opportunities for their residents. Not only do they have frequent and innovative programming for those with dementia, they also provide specialized services for residents with Mild Cognitive Impairment:
"Residents experiencing the early symptoms of dementia (Mild Cognitive Impairment - mild memory problems, some confusion) benefit from a full array of memory support services, all focused on maintaining and improving brain function for a higher quality of life. Compass on the Bay is the first assisted living community in our area to address the needs of these individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), often described as the stage between forgetfulness associated with normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease."
Both the residents and the staff displayed happy, upbeat attitudes. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to do some of the Springbok PuzzlesToRemember with the residents.
Max Wallack is a student at Boston University and a Research Intern in the Molecular Psychiatry and Aging Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at
Boston University School of Medicine. His great grandmother, Gertrude, suffered from
Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER. PTR is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and veterans institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.