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Delivering H appiness by An estimated 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer's or other dementias. At home or in senior housing communities, creating beautiful, vibrant, and active cultures where those who have cognitive loss can live with joy and purpose is important. These spaces encourage the elders to self-direct their own lives as they remember and practice routines or life skills that were previously part of their daily lives. The team member role is as trusted friend and family, supporting when needed. We believe that those who have memory loss can participate as fully capable people in an environment where the mind, body, spirit, and soul is stimulated - promoting physical and mental wellness. We have seen first-hand men and women in the nursery nurturing dolls as their remembered babies. It is heart- warming as they dress them, feed them, change their diapers, and even sleep with them at night. The parent and/or grandparent role is validated, inspiring a sense of purpose, love, and belonging. In our senior housing communities we have designed LivingMemories™ spaces to evoke memories of home life, work life, and creative endeavors. We recognize that elders do not live in our work-space. We work in their living space. 4 | 541.997.8202 In the LivingMemories™ Nursery we have noticed that those who haven’t talked in a while are now talking; and in one instance, a person who was anxious, agitated, and refusing food is now eating. Dorothy had been known to wander and exit seek. She has now found purpose and Shorewood Senior Living