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The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

 Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

Relaxing; an activityor recreationthat providessuch relief; diversion; entertainment.

Last week I facilitated our Wednesday support group. The group was small and all seemed very stressed/sad. During the meeting the box of tissues went around the room at least twice. Everyone felt defeated and hopeless. That was how we started but not how we finished the session. This powerful little group helped one another and by the end of the meeting everyone had some great techniques to help themselves and their loved one. I would like to share a few of these techniques with you and hope they offer a bit of relief.

First and foremost take care of yourself and have a plan in place. These two go together because when there is a plan in place for your loved one, should you die first, you can stop worrying about it. If you need help with that plan call Memory Matters. This issue was the number one stress factor for caregivers. I helped a woman get this plan in place and she said she felt the weight of the world lifted from her shoulders. Get a plan!

Also, remember there are many options for “respite care.” Use them and take a break. Do not feel guilty. You must stay healthy.

Now what can you do at home to help both of you have a more peaceful home? Some of the suggestions from my caregivers were:

·         Modify the environment to reduce potential stressors that can create agitation and disorientation for a person with Alzheimer’s. Noise, shadowy lighting, garish or highly contrasting colors, these seemingly small things can keep someone agitated. Soft colors, soft light, even soft music can make a big difference. Make some changes.

·         If you remain calm you may find your loved one is much calmer. Try it!

·         Essential oils can help create a calm environment. One of my caregivers said this approach has made a significant improvement in her loved one’s behavior. She said he smiles when she lights the oil diffuser. Buy some!

·         To help prevent wandering one caregiver said by simply reassuring her husband he calms down. She said she rubs lavender essential oil, just a small amount, on the palm of his hands and massages his hands. He loves the aroma and the silky feeling of the oil. Then they both take a deep breath, listen to his favorite songs, and he calms down.

·         Try and keep your cool. Look, we are only human but do the best you can stay calm because when you lose your cool your loved one can sense it and before you know it all hell breaks loose.


There are so many techniques; so many little changes that can help you and your loved one live a happier, calmer life. If you need suggestions visit one of our support groups or make an appointment with one of our dementia care specialist. Call Memory Matters at (843) 842-6688 or visit our website at www.memory-matters.org.

Karen Doughtie 

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The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.

 Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris

Relaxing; an activityor recreationthat providessuch relief; diversion; entertainment.

Last week I facilitated our Wednesday support group. The group was small and all seemed very stressed/sad. During the meeting the box of tissues went around the room at least twice. Everyone felt defeated and hopeless. That was how we started but not how we finished the session. This powerful little group helped one another and by the end of the meeting everyone had some great techniques to help themselves and their loved one. I would like to share a few of these techniques with you and hope they offer a bit of relief.

First and foremost take care of yourself and have a plan in place. These two go together because when there is a plan in place for your loved one, should you die first, you can stop worrying about it. If you need help with that plan call Memory Matters. This issue was the number one stress factor for caregivers. I helped a woman get this plan in place and she said she felt the weight of the world lifted from her shoulders. Get a plan!

Also, remember there are many options for “respite care.” Use them and take a break. Do not feel guilty. You must stay healthy.

Now what can you do at home to help both of you have a more peaceful home? Some of the suggestions from my caregivers were:

·         Modify the environment to reduce potential stressors that can create agitation and disorientation for a person with Alzheimer’s. Noise, shadowy lighting, garish or highly contrasting colors, these seemingly small things can keep someone agitated. Soft colors, soft light, even soft music can make a big difference. Make some changes.

·         If you remain calm you may find your loved one is much calmer. Try it!

·         Essential oils can help create a calm environment. One of my caregivers said this approach has made a significant improvement in her loved one’s behavior. She said he smiles when she lights the oil diffuser. Buy some!

·         To help prevent wandering one caregiver said by simply reassuring her husband he calms down. She said she rubs lavender essential oil, just a small amount, on the palm of his hands and massages his hands. He loves the aroma and the silky feeling of the oil. Then they both take a deep breath, listen to his favorite songs, and he calms down.

·         Try and keep your cool. Look, we are only human but do the best you can stay calm because when you lose your cool your loved one can sense it and before you know it all hell breaks loose.


There are so many techniques; so many little changes that can help you and your loved one live a happier, calmer life. If you need suggestions visit one of our support groups or make an appointment with one of our dementia care specialist. Call Memory Matters at (843) 842-6688 or visit our website at www.memory-matters.org.

Karen Doughtie 


     Have you been interested in someone you love attending our programs but need more information?  Why wait?

        Come for an informal visit:       

 

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                           You are invited!


Get to know
MEMORY  MATTERS…


Visit with staff, experience innovative programming, enjoy some food!


             FREE—FUN—INFORMATIVE


Tuesday, May 24th from 4-6 p.m. (843) 842-6688



Conveniently located just across the bridge at the intersection of Hwy 278 and Squire Pope Road

We are getting ready for our next Family Fun Night at MM. This is a great opportunity for our families to get a glimpse of what our programming is all about. The events are regularly scheduled during the month in the afternoon from 3:15-5. Our next event is April 20th and is all about garden activities. Give a call to reserve a spot! 843-842-6688

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                                                                FAMILY FUN NIGHT

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We are enjoying lots of creativity from the staff on our Family Fun Nights. Time for our club particpants to share the joy in the room and invite their loved ones to join in.
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                                          Mr. Potato Head contest for March Family Fun Night.
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This collage on canvas and many more will be available at the Memory Matters Art Show Tuesday September 29th 6-9 pm. Tickets still available. Give us a call 842-6688.
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Beautiful, fun, framed art created by our amazing participants. Available for sale at the September 29th Art Show. 6-9 pm. Tickets on sale now!


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Maintain Your Brain


with Brain Boosters!


 


New session starts September 17th


at Memory Matters


 


Thursdays, 3:15 - 5:00 pm  


 


$199.00 - 10week course 


 


 


Sample of Weekly topics for Brain Boosters


  •  What is Normal Memory?

  •  Visual and Verbal Memory-What Type Are You?

  •  Super Brain Yoga and Tools for Stress Reduction.

  •  Healthy Eating-Feed your Brain.

  •  Memory Retraining Techniques.

  •  Journaling and Creative Writing.

  •  Your Senses and Memory-Sharpening tools.

  •  Laughter: It Really is Good Medicine!

  •  Brain Games and Challenges.

  •  What are the Keys to Memory Fitness?


 


RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Call 843-842-6688

IMG_5291.JPGIt is always a great day for art and bingo at the club, but today was even more exciting when we were joined by 22 wonderful friends from the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head.

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Some of us did an art project! Some of us had a very fun and rousing game of bingo.

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The program members are working on watercolor and acrylic paintings in
 preparation for our art show in the fall.
Today's lesson was creating from the Masters.
We each took a style we liked and replicated it on paper.
What Fun!!

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Tony  from Gourmet on Wheels delivering to the Memory Matters Staff! We highly recommend his door to door delivery for nutritious meals. Serving HHI, Sun City and Bluffton. Call 843-812-8870. Gourmet on Wheels
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Beef Stew


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Cod on  Rice

 

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Avid Gardner's Planting in the Memory Matters Garden

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Pia is hard at work!

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Kathy is always a cheerful Gardner!

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The Bocce Club of HHP gave ten beautiful arrangement's for our building,
some went to the garden some on our tables. THANKS!

Italian American Club of
Hilton Head Island presents Memory Matters
 with a donation.
 
Thanks to all of their
members!

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7 tips for a healthy brain

Julianne Moore shines a light on Alzheimer's

Julianne Moore gave a riveting and brilliant performance in "Still Alice" and won the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards last night. In her acceptance speech she spoke from the heart, grateful that her performance might "shine a light" on the need to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. We hope that her speech, the Oscar, and the movie bring much-needed attention to funding research and to finding a cure. Shine on, Julianne! Shine on!

Save Your Brain

"Save Your Brain" author Paul Nussbaum is coming to Hilton Head. This is a real opportunity to learn about brain health and fitness from an internationally recognized expert. Nussbaum will be the keynote presenter at a conference on brain health and fitness hosted by Memory Matters on Thursday, March 12 at Hilton Head Beach & Tennis Resort. Call (843) 842-6688 for tickets or information. CEUs are available for professionals.

Enroll in our  Brain Health Conference today! Keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Nussbaum clinical neuropsychologist and adjunct professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Co founder of Fit brain. Tickets are $65.00 includes Mini BrainBooster class, 25 fitness/health vendors, continental breakfast and lunch. RSVP 843-842-6688

When:   Thursday March 12th
Time:    8 am Registration and Continental Breakfast -
             9 am - 4 pm Speakers and Sessions including Lunch
Where: Hilton Head Beach and Tennis 
             40 Folly Field Road- Hilton Head Island SC



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The power of your brain is Amazing! Come to the Brain Health Conference and Learn how to boost the power!




 

                     Memory Matters

          is honored to be recognized as the 

           ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR 

                            by the

  Hilton Head/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce!
        


We are honored and thrilled to be recognized as the
Organization of the Year by the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.  There are so many wonderful, strong, non-profit organizations in our community that do amazing work, that this designation is extra special and truly meaningful. It is with both pride and humility that I want to share this good news! 

 

I also want to thank Steve Wilmot of the Heritage Classic Foundation; John Farrell, PGA Golf Professional and Head of Golf at Harbourtown; Dr. Chuck Duvall, MD; and Lynne Hummell, editor of Hilton Head Sun/Bluffton Sun for the video testimonials shown at the Fire and Ice Chamber ball.  Their kind words and support were heartfelt, moving and powerful.  They opened their hearts to the community in support of Memory Matters.

 

We are very grateful to the Chamber of Commerce!....they also deserve recognition!  Our local chamber has been honored as the 2014 National Chamber of the Year!   Our entire community has much to be proud of.

 

To our volunteers, board members, donors, grantors, and the families we serve:  thank you, thank you, thank you!  You are all part of our Memory Matters family...and an integral part of our team.

 

Enjoy the photos!

 

Eddy Hoyle

 

Beautiful Event!Eddy and Renny Hoyle with AwardBoard Chair Monte LeathMarine Corps Band 


Blessings to one and all this Holiday season. As we end this year I reflect on so many sweet faces that have been mine to care for. I pray for each family still on the journey and those whose journey is coming to a close. My hearts desire is to never miss an opportunity to see the value in each and every one of our participants and to give them a feeling of pride in what they have accomplished in life. We laugh and joke a lot in our program room - but I never forget the other side of this journey -the forgetting side. My dream is that we will see an end to that in my life time-but until that "day of the cure" comes I promise to strive toward providing a safe haven of rest and joy for those I care for. I know our entire staff echo's these words. We are committed to excellence of care and service to all of our families and those diagnosed with any type of dementia. Blessings and see you in the New Year!

Cathee Stegall
Program Director


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l to r Edwina, AshleyMelissa (Middle w Pink hat) Jeannie, Cathee, Karen (and Daniel!)

We had fun decorating cookies in the kitchen today! Thanks Barb W. for bringing in the goodies. The ladies made them and the fellas ate them. We were laughing and feeling right at home.

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We had pre- made sugar cookies, icing ready made, and sprinkles. Easy and fun!
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Edwina Hoyle, Executive Director of Memory Matters, giving the opening speech during the 2nd Annual Commemorative Candle Lighting Ceremony.
 
" Memory Matters  in cooperation with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America  illuminated Hilton Head Island,SC with "candles of care" in expression of solidarity. Raising awareness, honoring, and remembering those who have been affected by Alzheimer's."


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THANK YOU to all who helped, attended and made it happen.  It was a great success and we raised over $10,000 net!! WOOHOO!!!

Art Journal pieces produced in one of our support sessions show the range of emotions we all as caregivers feel. Using simple magazine cutouts along with words, ripping and tearing paper , pasting and cutting it is a very freeing art therapy. Here are some links to try...
 
 
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Great story about the memory Matters organization...just click and go
In the News!


I am excited to reveal the date and time of our 15th annual art event ; Sept. 18th 2014, 6-9 pm.
We are going to have some amazing framed art pieces, ceramics as well as silent auction items. More info to come!

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Jane and Barb working in the art room on ceramics for the show!
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What is your experience with dementia?


Do you have personal insights or a story to share? A book of creative expression that invites the reader to experience the insight, wisdom, courage, frustration and loss that is the journey of Alzheimer's and other dementias will be published in September 2015.


You are invited to submit:


·         Poetry


·         Essays


·         Humorous Anecdotes


·         Short Reflections


·         Art


·         Photography


This endeavor is a collaborative effort among caregivers, the afflicted, and those who care for and about them. The public is invited to send submissions for this hardcover book no later than October 1, 2014.


More than 5 million Americans are living with dementia, according to recent studies from the national Alzheimer's Association. The collective experiences of those who have traveled this path could be invaluable for those yet to encounter the disease.

 
All proceeds from sales of the book will benefit the programs of Memory Matters, a non-profit organization serving families affected by dementia in Hilton Head and


Bluffton, S.C.


 Written pieces should be no longer than 250 words. Photography should be submitted on a CD in high-resolution format.



The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2014.   You may email submissions to info@memory-matters.orgor mail to Memory Matters, P.O. Box 22330, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925-2330.  Please include your name, address, phone and email address with your submission.


 
There is no guarantee that your submissions will be included. Submissions are subject to editing for style and length.  All submissions become the property of Memory Matters and will not be returned.  For more information call 843-842-6688.

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 Take a peek at our website to see our amazing videos. We are so proud that
our program and its families have been spotlighted. 
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A few months ago a very bright young lady came to Memory Matters to do memory research for a science project, she was quiet, reserved and a dynamo all in one. AND she won 1st place at the Science fair on Regional and State level for SC.
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We are so very proud of her and will see more of her this summer as she volunteers with MM.
 This is our future!

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Opening ceremonies for the 46th annual RBC Heritage  happened Monday on Hilton Head Island. 
The ceremony and a parade  kicked off at noon at Liberty Oak at the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Memory Matters was represented by our Director Edwina Hoyle and board members-along with two grandchildren of board member Ann C. Memory Matters is the PGA charity of the year for 2013 and is proud to be a part of this weeks RBC Heritage activities!

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The guys and Ms. Elva playing dominos! PS she won!

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The Gals working on their colored pencil techniques with Sara! Thanks Sara for being an amazing volunteer!

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The PGA media trucks arrive and start to unload....8:30 am!


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Filming was a day long adventure...lots of crew and lots of work!
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The crew gets a lunch break at 1:00...Pizza for everybody.

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And it is a wrap! What a great day for Memory Matters as we put the finish on the commercial for the PGA .Thank you PGA for giving us the honor of National Charity of the Year!

We armchair traveled to Paris today and painted like the Masters. To get us in the mood we donned our hats, turned on our Parisian songs. We had images of the Eiffel tower, and flowers to inspire us and a few paintings by Monet scattered around the table. We had a blast! Everyone was engaged and the activity started our week off to a great start.
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The Sullivan boys ready to paint masterpieces

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Jane's version of the Eiffel tower-ooolala!

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Nancy's flower garden

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Roger seems very serious about his art class today! He was working on a beautiful painting with contrasting colors.

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John and Nancy M. made us all want spring to be here!

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The table hard at work!

Mornings are very active at our club and by afternoon we settle in to a little cognitive game playing. 

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A few of our afternoon friends playing crossword puzzles on the big screen. (See Below)
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Elva getting her bridge lesson from some of our volunteers .
She was doing very well I hear!


We had a very interesting doggy day at Memory Matters, it was Shammy's birthday and we celebrated it like all of our other birthday's with cake, balloons and laughter. The only thing is Shammy is a dog, a big dog, she is the "doggy niece" of our friend and volunteer Kerri. Kerri's BABY Onslo came along for the party, weighing in at 195 lbs, Onslo is one big boy!  We all had a great time and Shammy even received gifts. The best  part was watching our friend Joni connect with the dogs, Joni loves dogs and got right down on the floor to make Shammy feel right at home. What a great doggy day! Thanks to Kathleen, Kerri and Ron for sharing there big baby's with us.



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We love to practice our art skills here at the day program. A few weeks ago we experimented with pastels on dark paper and here are a few of the amazing results.

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 It is so very healthy for us to be in community with each other as we work on our projects. We laugh together offer ideas to each other and just live in the moment. Art is our therapy!

What better day to start our blog than the historic southern storm of 2014. As you all may know here on Hilton Head it was a lot of hype and a little bit of ice. But that is ok-we managed and now we all have stories to tell. AND that is what this blog will be stories of the joy and accomplishments of the amazing participants in our day programs at Memory Matters. We could talk about the storm of the disease itself - but we would miss the stories of the lives that are journeying through with great grace and joy. So be prepared in the coming months to be amazed, to laugh ,to follow along on this journey with us, one day at a time.

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