November 1, 2017

"Are Memory Care Centers Designed Primarily for Management or for the Residents?"
      presented by Jean Makesh, Lantern of Chagrin Valley, Ohio

An estimated 5.1 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease -- many of them over 65 years of age. As it progresses, the ailment robs people of both their memories and their sense of identity. Alzheimer's patients can often feel afraid in environments they'd otherwise feel totally comfortable. There is currently no cure. 

Jean Makesh is an Occupational Therapist from the Cleveland region. He is now innovatively building homes specifically to meet the needs of residents with Alzheimer's. He believes that with supportive pharmaceuticals and rehabilitation support, that passage through the seven stages of the disease will be slowed. Clients can be less frustrated. He has evidence that with supportive design features, his residents will be able to live their lives and provide self-care for a longer period of time.

Jean Makesh designs a home for clients with Alzheimer's and Dementia.  He uses design features that correlate with their long-term memories -- for example, those from fifty or more years ago. He wants the residents to feel at home and be mrore independent. He strives to keep the residents actively engaged.  He uses a human-centered design that focuses on the needs of the Alzheimer's resident, rather than merely on patient management. 

This is an opportunity hear a new perspective on long-term care. Bring a friend. Learn about the design features of his facilities and also learn some best practices that you can use when visiting a friend who has this disease.

Morning coffee and social time begins at 9:00 a.m., the business meeting at 9:30, followed by the program. The meeting will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall, 3530 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek. Free  Visitors and guests are always welcome.

The Beavercreek Women’s League (BWL) meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May at Peace Lutheran Church with a different program each month.  The mission of the group is to expand members’ knowledge of their community and beyond, to promote community service and to provide socialization.  Women of all ages and interests are welcome.  Questions can be e-mailed to  or you may leave a message at 937-985-4BWL (4295).