Six months ago, we started a "Dementia Patients Support Group" here at Azalea Trace. We meet every week for an hour and help each other deal with our individual Dementia Journeys. Tonight, the Nurse Practitioner at my Neurologist's Office, Lacy Hilton, had dinner with those of us in the Dementia Patent's Support Group. We had all the members of the group, their spouses, and the Nurse Practitioner from Azalea Trace, Missy Clements, in attendance.
It was a wonderful meal and time of fellowship. But the information Lacy provided was the best part of the evening. After she gave us an update on the latest research in Dementia care, Lacy answered questions and interacted, personally, with each member of the group. Her factual approach and reassuring nature helped each member of our group feel at ease and open.
Having The Sacred Heart Neurological Group ready to interact with Dementia patients and their care givers is a blessing to all of us. Future meetings are planned and more outreach is needed here at Azalea Trace and through the country. People need to understand Dementia, not run from it.
Again, I thank the medical team and Administration here at Azalea Trace for setting the stage for this type of personal education program and Lacy Hilton for starting what will become the model for other retirement communities to follow!
It was a Great night!!