Sodalis Assisted Living & Memory Care Blog

We share inspiring and interesting information about aging, caregiving and dementia.  This is also a great place to get a feel for what is happening in Sodalis communities. Read about daily life, special events and what makes us special!
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Memory Care residents prepare for 4th of July

At Sodalis Memory Care in SW Austin, we had a little fun as we began thinking about and preparing for the 4th of July! Our residents enjoyed making these fun license plates to “Trick Out” their walkers and wheelchairs. Last week we also had a combined birthday party for Inez and her son Robert who…

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Happy Hour at Sodalis Assisted Living Garden Ridge

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We know how to beat the heat wave with Happy Hour @ Garden Ridge! Happy Hour happens once a month in our community. This month, assisted living residents met up with their friends to enjoy Lemon Drop Martinis! The women enjoyed reminiscing about their past times while the men told old army stories. Everyone left…

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Student Dance Project teaches how Alzheimer’s disease progresses

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This video is a dance project created for the Student Bio Expo. The dance illustrates the stages of Alzheimer’s disease through movements that symbolize the physical and mental changes that take place as the disease progresses. The Student Bio Expo is a unique science fair that engages over 300 high school students in creative ways…

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Lingering Emotions outlast Memories

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This 2010 report from NPR Research News provides very important news to those who care for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The news reassures us that moments with loved ones can have a powerful lasting impact even when the actual memory of the event is gone. Justin S. Feinstein, who was a graduate student…

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Residents at Sodalis Memory Care in SW Austin enjoy Sensory Activity time

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Sensory Activity time provides opportunities for socialization and fun. Nina and Deb work with Tanagrams, identifying shapes and colors. Deb is Nina’s daughter and an incredible help during our afternoon activities. The stacking activity that Luz participates in requires a variety of thinking skills. She is obviously pleased with her success! Ron worked with Charles…

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Life Purpose and Your Brain Health

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A few articles have recently surfaced about the connection between brain health and one’s sense of life purpose. Here are three particularly interesting articles that move from research about the connection between purpose and brain health to an actual tool to explore your own sense of life purpose. A 2010 research study from Dr. David Bennett, director…

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Caregiving Skills: The Need to Nurture

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Here’s a photo that speaks volumes on Father’s Day and is a great example of how at Sodalis Memory Care we work to understand the behaviors of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This is Jim. Often in the afternoon, Jim would become agitated. One of Jim’s caregivers discovered that she could…

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Sodalis Memory Care Waco celebrates National Nursing Assistants Week

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Sodalis Assisted Living & Memory Care in Waco celebrated National Nursing Assistants Week with a a superhero themed celebration. Our team of 25 resident assistants and other staff enjoyed a Karaoke party with our residents. Marcus Mercer, Engagement Director for Sodalis was at the party and was christened “Super Marcus” by the staff. Marcus always wears many…

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Sodalis Managers on Retreat

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Sodalis Managers gathered for their annual summer meeting/retreat at beautiful Canyon Lake. The retreat was held at Hideout on the Horseshoe on the Guadalupe River. Shawn at the helm! Brittney and Joanna setting up for the retreat. Joe and Shawn engage in role play.

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