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Anchin Resident

Aviva Senior Life campus offers comforting options for people with Alzheimer’s disease. It may be comforting for others to know about the Aviva Senior Life campus and its “person-centered care” for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. My wife, Charlotte and I recently celebrated our 66th wedding anniversary. After living in Sarasota for 35 years, we moved into Aviva where we enjoyed independent living. With the help of weekly visits for respite at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, I was able to care for Charlotte until she took a fall outside. Then she needed more care than I could give her. So we moved her into the memory support wing of Anchin, just a few steps away. They take such good care of her at Anchin. It’s important for me to spend time with her every day, and it’s easy to do that because I am just a few steps away. Our two daughters live out of town, and they say it gives them peace of mind knowing I am nearby and we are both safe, with the help we need. Charlotte enjoys music programs, clown visits and word games. We like to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. We must look like the greeters of Anchin when people pass by us. Aviva’s Anchin Memory Care support wing also has a 1950s kitchen and an adaptive computer system to help residents stay connected with others through Skype and email. People use i-pads for interactive computer activities, play BINGO, Scrabble and cards. Others enjoy beading, knitting, exercise classes, painting and art projects. Diverse activities keep people engaged and interacting socially. Charlotte is treated with respect and dignity, and she seems better without medications. I spend time with her every day. She knows me and she’s happy and calm when I’m there.

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