With a passion for enhancing the lives of individuals with dementia, John Dempsey chose a career in senior living. John teaches us the importance of building connections with people living in memory care.
Volunteer to Encore Career
John began volunteering after retiring from a lifelong career in the corporate world. He found himself connecting with individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, and mental health needs. This newfound passion turned into his second career.
Discovering a Superpower Within
Finding one’s superpower is often a lifelong quest for some, but for John, it was a discovery he made 60 years ago through play. He recalls pretending to be superheroes with his nephew on the autism spectrum. He realized the act of playing increases attention span and creates deeper connections. This experience taught him how to connect with people through creativity.
Working with residents in memory care, he tailors activities by incorporating creative techniques that can trigger brain communication or synapses. These activities create sensory stimulation that gets neurons firing, helping residents make meaningful connections in everyday moments.
From accidentally using an athlete’s foot cream on his toothbrush to sharing personal stories, John’s ability to weave daily life into activities helps residents better connect. John has discovered that storytelling with a dash of vulnerability and a sprinkle of openness triggers earlier memories for residents.
His techniques create an environment where perfection and judgment are non-existent. His ability to blend therapy with everyday mishaps allows filters and layers of shielding to vanish, enabling them to be present in the moment. His formula makes this unique approach to memory care a success for residents.
Searching for a better way to connect with a loved one experiencing dementia? Consider Sequoia Living’s Memory Care and experience an effective approach to cognitive challenges.
A Career Rooted in Connection
When asked about his motivation, John shares, “I cannot believe my life today. Working with residents fills me with a tremendous sense of fulfillment. I don’t know if I want to retire once more.”
John’s journey at Sequoia Living is a testament to the transformative power of human connection. From stumbling into a volunteer role to becoming integral to residents’ lives, John’s story is one of dedication, compassion, and the enduring impact of embracing creative vulnerability. His dedication and love for the residents are palpable.
Memory Care at Sequoia Living
When you become a resident of a Life Plan Community, you have access to all levels of care, should you need them.
Non-residents may also select Sequoia Living assisted living or memory care, depending on their needs. Here are the differences:
Assisted Living is available for residents who need assistance with daily living activities but do not require higher levels of care such as Skilled Nursing.
Memory care for individuals with cognitive challenges. Memory care is available for persons who have difficulties at home but do not need a skilled nursing facility. Residents enjoy a structured lifestyle in comfortable, welcoming surroundings. Each resident receives personalized attention from our highly-trained, professional staff.
Alzheimer’s Disease vs Dementia
Dementia is a broad category of cognitive changes with various conditions affecting the brain. These changes make it harder for individuals to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs). Alzheimer’s is a specific disease and is the most common cause of dementia.
Other types of dementia include Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Frontotemporal, and Lewy Body. The most common symptoms include memory loss, changes in behavior, and declining ability to live independently. The intensity of these symptoms can vary from person to person, which means some people will need more assistance than others. Explain the difference
As we age, it’s easy to think that cognitive changes are a natural part of the process. With healthy habits and lifestyle choices, optimizing your cognitive function is achievable.
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