Remembering the Arts

As research into a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease continues, some in the medical field have discovered what those in the humanities have known for a very long time—that the key to living with this disease and other forms of dementia may be as close as your local art museum.

The impact that the arts have on the aging brain, especially one afflicted with memory issues, is nothing short of incredible. According to the website,, “studies show that art therapy can enhance communication, brain function, and social interaction for dementia patients. In fact, visual art can trigger dormant memories and emotions, inspiring conversations among these patients who normally struggle to express themselves. What’s more, when dementia patients create the art themselves, that activity stimulates the whole brain.” Continue reading

The Long …and Lonely…Good-bye

Mary StanleyA blog post by PR and Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley
It’s called the long good-bye, perhaps because little by little, day by day, over the span of many years, Alzheimer’s Disease robs its victims of their memories, abilities, and eventually their own identities. All of the routine tasks they once performed, from brushing their teeth to dressing themselves to lifelong hobbies, are now too complicated to complete alone; the patients require the assistance of a caregiver and most often, that caregiver is a spouse. As the disease progresses, communication becomes difficult, making it challenging to maintain friendships and socialize. Even relationships between spouses can become tricky with the absence of the normal conversations they once enjoyed. Given all of these challenges, it’s not unusual for the patient and the caregiver to become isolated.

Fortunately, there is a concept that is giving all people living with memory changes (including  Alzheimer’s patients) and their caregivers a bit of a break from the loneliness of this hardship. Called Memory Cafés, these two-hour social sessions are a place for people with memory loss issues and their caregivers to come together and connect with other people who are living with the same challenges. Continue reading

Siblings and Family the Foundation for All Other Relationships

mike_gaffey_blogA Blog Post by Assistant Residential Director Michael Gaffey

With Siblings Day approaching in our Village calendar, I’ve been asked to reflect upon the significance of siblings and family.  I find myself hard pressed to begin. Such a simple concept; such a difficult concept to express simply!

We are all of us, in our own ways, directly and deeply formed through our relationships with each other. Our families are, for many of us, the Continue reading

A Magical Adventure

MollyA Blog Post by NEV Resident Molly Houston

On Monday, March 14th, I left with Ashley to head to Logan Airport for our trip to Disney to celebrate my 30th birthday. I barely slept the night before I was so excited. Fred drove us to the airport and we flew down to Orlando; we were able to watch TV on the plane which made the flight a lot easier. When we got off the plane, the Disney Magical Express took us to the hotel we were staying at (Pop Century Resort). It was hot in Florida, so we changed into shorts and went right to the Continue reading

“Community” Theater

Ginger Comeau, Director of Enrichment and Community ServicesBy Ginger Comeau, Director of Enrichment and Community Services

Once upon a time a girl named Dorothy Gale wished more than anything to fly over the rainbow in hopes of finding a place far from home where there weren’t any troubles.  She was sure it would be a magical place full of happiness and wonder, a place where her dreams could come true. On Friday, February 26, a crowd of more than 300 people were carried over that rainbow as New England Village presented a musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Continue reading

The fire is stoked…

Ginger SullivanA blog post by Ginger Sullivan, Director of Residential Services

On January 27th, I joined other New England Village (NEV) staff and supporters at a celebratory kick-off for NEV’s 2016-2018 Strategic Plan. With our road map in hand, we now have a clear focus on priorities and strategic initiatives to move us along. With pleasure, I have been appointed as the leader for Priority One: Person Centered Planning.

Person centered thinking asks us to examine how we think about and plan for the future Continue reading

Fulfilling my Dreams

Joy BendrorA Blog post by NEV resident Joy Bendror

Program Manager Ashley Gunville sat down with each woman in her program and had them put together a list of all the dreams they wanted to fulfill and life experiences they wanted to encounter. Attending a Zac Brown Band concert and meeting Zac were two of the items on Joy’s list. The following post is Joy’s description of the night. Continue reading

Person-Centered Practices & Servant Leadership

Victoria R. Gill, Director of Day Habilitation ServicesA blog post by
Victoria R. Gill,
Director of Day Habilitation Services

Across the nation there is a growing movement that is increasing the adoption of “Person-Centered Planning” (PCP) as the method used to develop service plans for persons served with developmental or intellectual disabilities. In contrast to previous and existing systems which have typically been driven by the provider/caregiver system, service design and delivery methods within our industry are evolving to include the person served as the focal point of the development process. You may find yourself asking, “What exactly does it Continue reading