New memory care facility hosting 'Wellness Wednesdays' series

For the next three installments of its Wellness Wednesdays series, Berkeley Oaks memory care facility is taking a more hands-on approach.

Scrapbooking, dancing and gardening are the activities central to the facility's upcoming community workshops for families with loved ones with memory impairments. The monthly events are free and open to the public.

"We want to show what there is to do with your loved one," said community relations director Cara Rich. "We want to be an educational resource for the community, we want them to know that we are very much into helping people in the community."

Rich said Berkeley Oaks, a live-in facility, opened in April and its public workshops started in May. The first two were lectures. The upcoming activities promote exercise and social activity, she said.

Wednesday is a scrapbooking workshop. The books are a fun activity for families to build but are also work to jog memories, Rich said.

"Scrapbooking is good to connect families together and for stimulation purposes, anything that can bring a piece of the loved one's past, like old photos, anything that stimulates those great memories," Rich said. "With dementia your short term isn't quite there but you can tap into that long-term memory."

The last two summer events are more active — dancing on Aug. 16 and gardening on Sept. 20. Music is an especially potent way to tap into faded memories, Rich said.

All of the workshops are at 3:30 p.m. at Berkeley Oaks off of Jamestown Road.

"They can have that joy of knowing they have a purpose, it gives them that activity and physically they're doing something, socially they can do it with a group," Rich said. "The value is crazy, I don't even have a word for it."

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

Want to go?

All workshops start at 3:30 p.m. and are held at Berkeley Oaks, 1807 Jamestown Road.

July 19: Scrapbooking

August 16: Dancing and music

September 20: Gardening

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