By Janet Cruz
It’s never too late to add spark and social time to your schedule. Lake View Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care makes sure to do just that to help its residents stay active and take care of their memory.
“We do different activities to tie this into their learning process in our Spark program,” said Jennifer Capavilla, Marketing Director of Lake View Terrace Assisted Living.
As part of the Spark program, residents are exposed to lifelong learning activities, community engagement projects, and even fun social hours, including a 5 à 7 to prepare a charcuterie board. .
“Happy Hour is the residents’ favorite social activity here,” adds Capavilla. “They love it.”
The program is for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and uses Montessori methods which were first introduced by Dr. Maria Montessori. According to Capavilla, these methods involve residents being engaged, active, and empowered by engaging in mental and rehabilitative activities.
“We really think this helps our residents develop their place in our community,” adds Capavilla.
Besides the social hour, residents are empowered to use their skills to lead an activity or join a committee among their peers to learn a new topic as part of their lifelong learning program.
“We are going to learn about travel and planes, we have a resident who lives here who is an aerospace expert, so we will build mini planes with our residents and learn how to make the best planes,” Capavilla said. .
Residents also participate in the community as much as they can. Making pretzel dipped snacks is also a favorite as they are made by residents and then donated to local organizations or offered in the Lake View Terrace lobby for people to enjoy.
“Even though our residents aren’t always at every community event, they love being part of the process and getting involved,” adds Capavilla.
Exercise, gardening, book clubs, learning, and outings are also some of the activities residents are exposed to.
“Rather than seeing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as a disease, we prefer to think of it as a disability,” Capavilla said. “We are going to find tools, different resources to help each resident fully fulfill their purpose in any way they are still able. We will even find modifications for these things to happen,” she said.
Lake View Terrace has been providing service in Lake Havasu since 2009 and also serves residents throughout the county. Areas served include Lake Havasu City, Kingman, Bullhead City, Antares, Colorado City, Golden Shores and Yucca.
Lake View Terrace is located at 320 North Lake Havasu Ave. For more information about the Spark program or assisted living options at Lake View Terrace Assisted Living Memory Care, call 928-296-8961.