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March 8, 2024

HERstory: Honoring the Journey of Individuals Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Tiffany Brown, Memory Care Director

Women’s History Month

HERstory serves as a tribute to the unique journey, experiences, and contributions of an individual living with dementia. Each HERstory carries a rich past of memories, relationships, and accomplishments that define their identity. As dementia progresses, memories begin to fade. Preserving and sharing these narratives become invaluable in honoring the person affected and maintaining their dignity. At Vitalia Rockside, we believe in acknowledging and celebrating each individual’s life story. Through this approach, we affirm the inherent worth and complexity of those living with dementia. It allows us to transcend the limitations imposed by their condition.

Through storytelling, we bridge the gap between the past and the present. This fosters meaningful interactions and cultivates a sense of belonging for individuals living with dementia. By embracing their narratives with empathy and compassion, we counteract stigma, dispel misconceptions, and promote a culture of inclusivity and respect for individuals affected by dementia.

Below is a HERstory about one of the residents living in our Memory Care Neighborhood.

Joan K. was born in September 1935. Because her father was a traveling salesman, she and her family moved often. They lived all over Cleveland before settling in Parma, OH, long enough for Joan to graduate from Parma High School.

Shortly after high school, she met her future husband, John, at a quarry in Barea, OH. They both had come with friends. When he saw her long, pretty, red hair, he shouted across the room, “Hey, fireball!” And the rest is history. They went on to get married and have four children. The couple were married for 58 years.

Joan was a stay-at-home mom, but she loved to travel. The family visited many places, including Jamaica, Hawaii, Alaska, Niagara Falls, Tennessee, and Florida. She was very sociable, playing cards at least twice a week with their friends and hosting card games. Joan also loves spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joan says, “I wouldn’t change a thing. My life was perfect.”

Sharing the life story of someone living with dementia is not just an act of preserving memories; it’s an embodiment of compassion, understanding, and respect. By embracing their past, we honor their journey and provide valuable insights into who they are beyond the constraints of their condition through HERstory.

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cleveland Clinic Mary Mount with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Gol Cleveland, Cleveland Metro Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo, and A Christmas Story House.

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