Last night I had the opportunity to attend ‘Wine Down Wednesday’ at Silverado Beach Cities Memory Care Community. Greeted by Laurie Glover, Senior Community Ambassador, I was quickly serenaded with the song, Good Night Irene, being sung from the dining area. As I walked a little further, I paused to look at paintings on the wall, handmade bracelets and a table of history.
Laurie explained that ‘Wine Down Wednesday’s’ provide the opportunity for Silverado Beach Cities family and friends to catch up, relax and mingle. The large room in which individuals gathered was colorfully decorated for the season of fall.
“Silverado is focused toward enriching the quality of life for clients, residents, patients and families through compassion and clinical excellence. We recognize the value of the human spirit and believe that memory impairment and other chronic or acute conditions do not mean the end of a purposeful, rich life,” explained Glover.
I was intrigued by a program called Nexus at Silverado. Nexus, the Latin word for “connection” is Silverado’s specifically designed program to help residents in the early stages of dementia build and maintain cognitive ability. The six pillars of Nexus are physical exercise, stress reduction, cognitive exercise, specialized digital program, purposeful social activities and support groups. Residents have the opportunity, through Nexus, to participate each week in science, art, music history, and community service.
One of the programs I found most inspiring was the Builders Club. “Residents have the opportunity to create projects. They create the plans, shop at Home Depot and actually use their skills to create the project,” said Glover.
The mission of Silverado is to provide the highest quality of care and support to those with memory impairment and other chronic and acute conditions. And, through the Nexus Program, personalized and compassionate care and various certifications, the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce values Silverado as a long term member.