The Magic of Music

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Enjoying and appreciating music may still appeal to persons living with dementia, but music may offer a lot more than pleasure: a connection to memory and emotional expression that might not be otherwise accessible. Read these simple but powerful stories to be reminded of the myriad ways we might incorporate music into daily life, to both entertain and ENGAGE! Continue reading

Honoring Dining Traditions in the New Year

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No doubt our thoughts during this past holiday season turned to home and rekindled wonderful memories of special treats, meals, and rituals around the food in our lives. Whether we recreate the memories and carry on established traditions or start new traditions of our own, food remains at the heart of our celebrations.

Recent stories from Action Pact organizations at varying stages in the transformational journey illustrate the unlimited opportunities to start new traditions and honor the old. Continue reading

Shaking up the Status Quo

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Next Avenue, public media’s first and only national service for America’s booming 50+ population, has begun a year-long project on aging well, planning for the changes that aging brings and shaping how society thinks about aging. The most recent article – A New Twist on Planned Senior Communities, by Beth Baker, describes four communities that focus on wellness and quality of life. Continue reading

The Piper: Q & A with Steve Shields

The Piper is a new Household Model assisted living community near The Legends in Kansas City, KS. The Piper was developed and built by Assisted Living Associates, a partnership between PAR Development, Clarkson Construction Company and Action Pact, a Manhattan, KS based company specializing in senior living.  Action Pact pioneered the Household Model, an innovative philosophy that embodies person-centered care.  Their services include development and design of senior living environments, organizational transformation and consulting.  They are nationally known for their innovative work of transforming assisted living and nursing homes from institutions into warm, nurturing homes. Steve Shields, CEO of Action Pact, answers questions about what this model offers from a variety of folks with different needs.  www.thepiperlife.com

Transformative Leadership: Reinventing How We Age

With emotions running high, Steve Shields, Action Pact CEO, shares his personal experience with his mother who was placed in a nursing home, and the devastating aftermath of her time there. Through his determined efforts, Shields has transformed the senior living industry, and his talk reflects the need to change how we think about our elders.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx