Mother finds joy and purpose in dementia program


By Lindsay Advocate

My 93-year-old mother, Rosaleen, has been attending the Silver Lights Adult Day Program for dementia, since it opened in November of 2022. Throughout our journey through the challenges of this disease, this program has been a Godsend. The beautiful facility on St. George Street is like a home and each morning when I drop my mother off, her whole face lights up as she sees her friends.

The incredibly caring staff provide a program that keeps mom mentally and physically active. They quickly identified mom’s love of sports and her competitive nature. She even gives them golf lessons. The kitchen gives her an opportunity to bake and to participate in household activities which she misses now that she is no longer in her own home. From visiting animals, music, exercise, crafts, and puzzles her day is full and rewarding.

Mom still attends the program daily even though she is now in a long-term care facility. It gives joy and purpose to her life each day of the week. My mother has behavioural issues associated with the disease and the Silver Lights staff came to her nursing home and met with the care staff there to offer suggestions to ensure a coordinated approach to the management of these behaviours. Their knowledge has been invaluable, and Lindsay and the Kawartha Lakes are so fortunate to have this program.

Janice Loeb, Lindsay

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