Gardening at Waltonwood Cotswold
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the county, senior living communities are finding unique and creative ways to recognize important events while staying physically distant. Waltonwood Cotswold, a premier senior living community, participated in The Longest Day to raise awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The event encouraged thousands of people worldwide to host an activity they are passionate about or the favorite activity of a loved one, and the senior living community picked arts and crafts. Studies show art therapy stimulates the senses of those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and can trigger dormant memories and encourages conversation. From sunrise to sunset residents were painting, drawing, sewing and more all while collecting funds to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“We are honored to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and support those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, whether they are living with it or care for someone who does,” said Hollie Sliwa, marketing manager at Waltonwood Cotswold. “Many of the Waltonwood residents and associates have a loved one or friend affected by this disease, and we want them to know we stand with them in this fight. We also participated in The Longest Day as a community so that we can recognize the dedication, compassion, energy, longevity and, most importantly, the love that caregivers share with those who suffer from dementia.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is a global epidemic. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with more than five million people living with the disease and 47 million people worldwide suffering from dementia. Waltonwood Cotswold has a memory care neighborhood and understands firsthand the importance of providing specialized care and recognizing the hard work and dedication of their caregivers, including Priscilla Jones who has worked in the memory care neighborhood as a caregiver since it opened in 2016. Jones, who was recognized an Employee of the Month, is a hard worker who has maintained the same respect and care towards residents since day one.
“Working with seniors is my passion, and I wouldn’t change it for anything,” said Jones. “It is a calling that so many caregivers hear. We have an amazing group of people who give 110 percent each day engaging our memory care residents. The Longest Day is held annually on the summer solstice because the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease. Together we can show those fighting this disease that they are not alone.”