Memory Care America - November 2019

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Our Memory Care Staff Share Their Gratitude This Thanksgiving 1. "I am thankful for having such a wonderful team at Memory Care of Simpsonville that treats each resident as if they are at home!" –Andy Garrison, Executive Director of Memory Care of Simpsonville 2. “I am thankful for my family and their love.” –Brunette (left), Memory Care of Naples caregiver “I am thankful that I was able to move back to Naples after nursing school to be close to my family.” –Beverly (right), Memory Care of Naples nurse 3. “I’m thankful for our Memory Care team, our administrative staff, and, most of all, our residents. This is more than a career. It’s a passion!” –Terri (right), Lead Certified Nursing Assistant at Memory Care of New Braunfels miss the residents. They are my family!” –Jade (left), Certified Nursing Assistant at Memory Care of New Braunfels 4. "I am thankful for my family, especially my daughter. I am thankful for the strength God has given me. I am forever grateful for the relationships I have formed with our residents and the impact we have on one another's lives. Most importantly, I am grateful that God made me me !" –Shakimery, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Memory Care of Little Rock “I am thankful for my life and my faith.” –Joseph (middle), Memory Care of Naples caregiver “ I’m thankful for my job! I look forward to coming to work every day, and on my days off, I

of entertaining you in this newsletter with our thoughts and stories in the memory care field. And in our experience, it is one of the most rewarding professions. Thanks to you and your trust in our ability to care for your loved one, we have the opportunity to join your family, create new traditions, and play a part in just one piece of your family’s story. This November, we want to use this space to show you just how much you mean to all of us and how we carry that gratitude into our everyday lives. This cover article features quotes of gratitude across our communities. Each one comes from a place of deep commitment to your family’s care and with an appreciation for you allowing us to join your family’s journey. From our Memory Care America family to yours, have a bountiful, safe, and happy Thanksgiving.

Memory Care of Naples 2626 Goodlette Frank Road Naples, FL 34103 239.403.0826

Memory Care of Little Rock

2501 Aldersgate Road Little Rock, AR 72205 501.260.7407

Memory Care of Westover Hills

10910 Town Center Drive San Antonio, TX 78251 210.802.6653

Memory Care of Simpsonville 645 Scuffletown Rd. Simpsonville, SC 29681 864.962.3038 Memory Care of New Braunfels 2022 State HWY 46 W New Braunfels, TX 78132 830.420.5882

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Memory Care’s Fall Events!

Whether we’re getting dolled up for a night on the town or donning our best tailgate gear, we always have a reason or two to dress up at Memory Care America! Our Communities Celebrate Weddings, Survivors, and Football


Families, residents, and staff members at Memory Care of Little Rock suited up in their greatest Arkansas Razorbacks’ attire for a tailgate party. No matter what the score says, the Razorbacks will always have the support of this community! Residents and staff at Memory Care of Naples shook the dust off their best black-tie outfits for Glamour Night, while residents and staff at Memory Care of Westover Hills went for a simple autumn celebration. Everyone enjoyed the fall decor and deep-fried Oreos, courtesy of their talented chefs.

At Memory Care of New Braunfels , residents and staff joined a family as they celebrated a very special 49th wedding anniversary.

Finally, all of our communities, including Memory Care of Simpsonville , honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink throughout October. Everyone in the Memory Care America organization offers its support to cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

There’s always something to celebrate at one of Memory Care America’s five communities. Don’t keep

our work and celebrations a secret! If you know a family who could benefit from our services, direct them to or find us on Facebook.

Memory Care of Naples is dolled up for a night of glamour.

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Memory Care of Little Rock residents, staff, and families cheer on the Arkansas Razorbacks at an autumn tailgate.


A couple celebrates their 49th wedding anniversary at Memory Care of New Braunfels.

Memory Care of New Braunfels joins our organization in honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Memory Care of Westover Hills’ chef whips up some homemade deep-fried Oreos, and a Memory Care of Simpsonville resident enjoys a refreshing snack!




Decor at Memory Care of Westover Hills puts everyone in the fall spirit!


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Memory Care of Westover Hills Answers the Hutchison Family’s Prayers

“We’ve had quite the adventure,” says Grace Hutchison about life with her husband of 30 years, Leroy “Cliff” Hutchison. As two of the four singles at their church — the third being Grace’s brother — Grace says the pairing was a “done deal.” Grace and Cliff’s life together has taken them from Texas cities and hill country to Peru. The couple has six adopted daughters, five of which were a group of sisters they adopted during their tenure in Peru helping missionaries get accustomed to life in South America. Cliff also served during the Vietnam War. When the family returned to the states, Grace says she noticed a change in her husband. About six years ago, Cliff was formally diagnosed with dementia. Eventually, Grace made the difficult decision to move her lifelong adventure partner into a new home — one that could better support his need for care. During her search, Grace wrote in her journal, asking God to help her find the right place. She was able to fill in that empty spot she left in her journal with Memory Care of Westover Hills. “I’ve been in pharmacy for many years, so I had opportunities to visit different facilities, and [Memory Care of Westover Hills] was definitely home from the get-go,” Grace says. “They understood my need to sit back and think about it … They weren’t pushy. They stuck with me.”

Since, April 2018, Cliff has called Memory Care of Westover Hills home, and there’s rarely a day that goes by without a visit from his wife, Grace. The Westover Hills staff and residents have become like family, Grace says. For more than a year, a member of Cliff’s biological family also called Memory Care of Westover Hills home. Linda Johnson, Cliff’s older sister, moved into the facility shortly after Cliff did, and like many sibling pairs, the duo reverted back to squabbles, bickering, and affection like only siblings would understand. In fact, Linda made sure the Westover Hills staff understood that Cliff was her brother. Linda passed away this fall, and staff members from Westover Hills attended her funeral, Grace says, adding that this attention to care was beyond powerful and further cements her belief that God helped her find the right place for Cliff.

“I didn’t have that feeling that I was just putting him away in a nursing home,” Grace says. “This is truly a home.”

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Green Beans With Ginger and Garlic

Inspired by Food & Wine Magazine

Turkey is, for the most part, a healthy and lean protein. Thanksgiving sides, on the other hand, tend to be a little more indulgent. This year, eschew the classic, creamy green bean casserole in favor of this lighter, healthier, and altogether tastier option.


• 2 lbs whole green beans, ends trimmed • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

• 1/2 tsp ground ginger • 1 tsp crushed red pepper • Kosher salt, to taste


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. To the side of the stove, prepare a large bucket of ice water. 2. Cook beans in boiling water for 4 minutes. Immediately transfer to ice water. Drain and pat dry. 3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Stir in ground ginger and crushed pepper. Add green beans. 4. Cook together for 2–3 minutes. 5. Transfer to plate and serve.





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TEA TIME Memory Care Wellness

What’s Swirling Around in Your Cup?

Tea has been consumed for thousands of years and is the second-most popular drink in the world, with water being the first. It is the national drink of several nations, including China and India, and is an integral component of religious ceremonies the world over. Drinking tea has been known to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve sleep. In addition to these instant benefits, tea can also help improve a person's long-term health through regular consumption. Your Heart According to Harvard Health Institute, several studies show that those who regularly drink black and green tea are at a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. These types of tea contain antioxidants and flavonoids, which are plant chemicals that help dilate arteries and reduce bad cholesterol. Studies also link tea consumption with improved vascular reactivity — how well your blood vessels respond to stress. Your Brain Flavonoids don’t only fight heart disease; these chemicals can also reduce any vascular damage to the brain. The National University of Singapore has conducted studies that link reduced risks of dementia in the elderly with regular tea consumption. The results speak for themselves:

“The longitudinal study involving 957 Chinese seniors aged 55 years or older has found that regular consumption of tea lowers the risk of cognitive decline in the

elderly by 50%, while APOE e4 gene carriers who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease may experience a reduction in cognitive impairment risk by as much as 86%.” Your Mood Tea leaves contain the amino acid L-theanine, which stimulates several feel-good neurotransmitters, like serotonin and gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). These neurotransmitters help boost your mood and alertness. According to a study by the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, tea even has the ability to ward off depression. The study took 22,817 participants with 4,743 cases of depression over 11 studies, and 13 reports found that individuals who drank three cups of tea a day decreased their depression risk by 37%. So, the next time you want a warm beverage that will do your mind and body good, reach for some tea and bask in all the health benefits as you sip.


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