On a recent Friday morning, residents of Belleview Suites at DTC excitedly gathered inspiration from lively photos before mixing watercolor paints and applying them to paper with thoughtful, expressive strokes. They had joined the Memories in the Making painting session within Belleview’s Connections memory care program, a comprehensive plan that not only offers an optimal quality of life to residents with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia, but also transforms the general perception of those conditions.
Painting is not the only way participants of the memory care program in Denver can have fun while keeping their minds engaged. Their various activities and experiences, such as a Mediterranean-based diet, signature music program SingFit, and holistic environment that caters to individual personalities help them maintain their best potential physical and mental health. Every part of the program is supported by the most trustworthy scientific research and data about memory maintenance.
One resident used the Eiffel Tower as a reference for her painting. With a smile, she called it “The Ugly Handbag,” but the staff around her thought it was beautiful! Her unexpected remark demonstrates her unique sense of humor, along with her creativity that the staff has helped to foster despite her diagnosis. Because she contradicts so many myths about memory care patients, this resident truly represents the Connections program’s mission.
Belleview also offers assisted living in Denver. Although its assisted living program is not as intensive, the community still offers plenty of opportunities for enjoyment and personal growth, such as chef-prepared food, a therapeutic spa, and transportation to exciting events. Regardless of the level of care they require, most residents at Belleview and other Pegasus communities across the United States are able to keep doing what they have always enjoyed.