Northumberland News - Grey Matters October 2020
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Palisade Gardens is Northumberland County’s Premier Independent Living Retirement Residence, located in the heart of historic Cobourg. Just steps from downtown shopping and amenities, Cobourg’s heritage Waterfront Park and marina, Palisade Gardens is the ideal retirement residence for superb quality, yet affordable retirement living.
Home to many happy active residents, Palisade Gardens is ideally situated in a picturesque and historic neighbourhood and features a beautifully landscaped private courtyard. We invite you to come, see for yourself the spectacular setting, the quality amenities, the warm and friendly service and attention to detail offered at Palisade Gardens.
The Harmony Life Enrichment Program at Palisade Gardens is an unparalleled experience for those dealing with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. The Harmony Program is based on the renowned Montessori approach in dealing with memory loss; focusing on adding meaning and purpose to each and every day, based on the individual’s personal history, needs, interests, skills and abilities.
With only twenty-three suites in the Harmony “neighbourhood” within Palisade Gardens, residents feel very much at home. Suites are comfortable and specifically designed to enhance memory, allowing for a sustained sense of independence. Carefully selected and well-trained staff assist residents during each day to provide a service-rich and lively atmosphere.
Meaningful activities that engage an individual’s attention and connect with their interests,
add a much-needed dimension to the lives of those dealing with memory loss. Harmony Life
Enrichment Memory Care offers a variety of robust and vibrant programs:
• Enrichment programs: Music, art, crafts, dance, yoga, meditation, gardening, Fit Minds, reading groups, and spiritual programs.
• Cognitive programs: Memory games, word games, brain teaser exercises and discussion
groups, current events, journaling and creative writing.
• Fitness programs: light cardio exercises, strength training with light weights and bands,
flexibility and balance.
In addition, there are individualized programs including an iPod program, Montessori activities, one-on-one volunteer based programs. Intergenerational events with local schools
and organizations, as well as peer-mentoring activities.
Studies show that environments & programs such as ours can demonstrate achievable
• Improved Communication
• Less Disorientation
• Enhanced Physical & Mental Status
• Greater Sense of Self Esteem
• Empowered and Enabled Residents
• Improved Time Adjustment & Sleeping Habits
• More Effective Use & Reduced Need
• Reduced Agitation and Behavioural Problems
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Palisade Garden and the staff in the Harmony Wing, gave me my Mother back. At 92, she’s riddled with dementia and hadn’t smiled for months. The minute she arrived at Palisade, her personality changed, her smile came back and the sun came out. Riley, Mae and the rest of the staff are miracle workers and just plain, really good people.