Healthy Aging Healthy Brain workshops offer fun holiday activities

Photo courtesy of Beaumont Personal Assistance Services Oakwood Common residents Otherie Love (left) and Mary Ann Bassett wait for color coded cues to ring bells during the Healthy Aging Healthy Brain workshop.

Photo courtesy of Beaumont Personal Assistance Services
Oakwood Common residents Otherie Love (left) and Mary Ann Bassett wait for color coded cues to ring bells during the Healthy Aging Healthy Brain workshop.

 

DEARBORN ­­— Holiday bells were ringing this month at Oakwood Common, Beaumont’s senior living community in Dearborn. Residents taking part in a Healthy Aging Health Brain workshop learned how to ring brightly colored bells to the songs “Silent Night” and “Silver Bells.”

“This was a delightful and entertaining activity that is one of our regular monthly Healthy Aging Healthy Brain workshops available to residents,” said Shavon Baker, activities supervisor for Oakwood Common.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, research about brain health has shown that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.

Presenting this month’s workshop from Beaumont Personal Assistance Services were Therese Maggioncalda, geriatric care manager, and Teresa Jackson, liaison.

“The workshops we offer are very interactive, engage your brain and teach you to do new things,” Maggioncalda said. “We draw a lot of participants. People walking by will even stop in to join us when they hear the laughter and see all the fun.”

Before the bell ringing instruction began, attendees were invited to work in pairs or small groups to solve picture puzzles of favorite holiday songs, and be among the first to call them out. Some were more puzzling than others.

A different stimulating and socially engaging workshop is scheduled each month for residents of Oakwood Common.

Beaumont Personal Assistance Services, previously located in Allen Park, recently opened an office on the campus of Oakwood Common.

Marcia Filek, director of private duty and geriatric care management for Beaumont Personal Assistance Services, said the new office allows them to provide additional assistance as needed by Oakwood Common residents and to others living in nearby communities.

Filek’s team is also available to offer Healthy Aging Healthy Brain workshops to other groups requesting them. Beginning in 2018, the program is scheduled to be offered at Botsford Commons, the Beaumont community in Farmington Hills.

Beaumont Personal Assistance Services, formerly Senior Care Solutions, by Oakwood, offers geriatric care assessments and case management services along with in-home, non-medical and personal care services for seniors and post trauma patients. Services are available throughout the five-county area of Wayne, Oakland, Monroe, Washtenaw and Macomb. For more information, call 866-776-1869 or go to www.OakwoodSeniorSolutions.org.