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At Tequesta Terrace, we pride ourselves on participating actively in our local towns. This involvement has generated many print, TV and radio news stories. Please enjoy a sampling of stories below:
For Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living resident and local artist Shirley Hood Loeffler, painting is a life-long passion that has remained a steadfast part of her life, even while living with dementia. As a well-known artist throughout Florida, Loeffler continues to paint regularly as a participant in the senior living community’s art program. According to Terri Abramson, Loeffler’s daughter, her mother’s continued desire to paint has in many ways been fostered by the encouragement and attention given by Jone Sadow, life enrichment assistant at Tequesta Terrace. She finds that her mother regains a sense of her former self when she picks up a paint brush, and her face lights up. It is as if she transforms into her old self, prior to her diagnosis. It’s through participation in the community’s arts program, that Loeffler has found a place where she is able use her talents and maintain a strong sense of self through her art work, while living with dementia. It is because of the art program and Sadow’s genuine care and attention for each resident that gives Abramson the confidence that her mother is thriving at this stage in her life. Recently, WPTV Channel 5 helped to share Shirley's story.
Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living was honored to host a special presentation and book signing with former Wisconsin Gov. Martin J. Schreiber, who visited the senior living community to speak about the demands of caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s. Schreiber shared lessons from his journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, who has Alzheimer’s disease. He candidly described his challenges and missteps and highlighted how compassion and humor can provide comfort for both the caregiver and the loved one living with dementia. The discussion included details from his award-winning book, “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.” The presentation even included time for attendees to ask questions and purchase signed copies of “My Two Elaines”. Net proceeds from the purchases were donated to the Alzheimer’s Association to promote Alzheimer’s caregiver support. We were excited to see the event featured in The Jupiter Courier, further sharing the importance of this topic.
To enhance the lives of residents living with dementia, Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living has implemented a number of activities and programs which create opportunities to continue living an active and engaging lifestyle. Residents are encouraged to participate in regular painting and craft classes, daily music therapy which includes listening to music or singing. As a result, residents seem calmer, more interactive and tend to exhibit previous personality traits their families haven't witnessed since their diagnosis. Recently, the Jupiter Courier helped to share how the community makes this possible.
Once again, Tequesta Terrace lead the charge to help some of the area's furry firends this winter. The community connected ith other local groups for the annual Paws for a Cause fundraiser, and raised funds and food for low-income seniors' pets. The Palm Beach Post helped shared the announcement for the drive to help us spread the word in the local community.
Tequesta Terrace recently hosted "A Purple Carpet Event" to help kick-off the Alzheimer's Association's week long campaign "Paint the Town Purple" to help raise awareness and show support for those living with Alzheimer's. The community was festively decorated in purple to match the theme of the event, and our fountain shone purple light throughout the week in support of the cause. Tequesta Village mayor, Abbey Brennan, even stopped by to show her support after approving a proclamation to commemorate the campaign. The Jupiter Courier Newsweekly ran a fantatstic story highlighting the event.
To celebrate National Volunteer Month, Tequesta Terrace honored some of their smallest volunteers who are making the most impact. Paws for Compassion, a nonprofit created by Jay Hamm last year, has been visiting the residents at Tequesta Terrace once a week for the last year with therapy dog Chibby Choo, and new addition, Bobo. To thank Jay, Chibby and Bobo for their commitment, the staff and residents honored the team with an award and party to thank them for their time and commitment. The Palm Beach Post recognized Jay and Paws for Compassion for their work with seniors by sharing Jay's passion for animals and photos from the award presentation.
Friends of Public Safety, Inc., an organization made up of area first responders and supporters, received the 2015 Tequesta Terrace Senior Service Award for their emergency fund assistance of first responder families going through difficulties. The nonprofit group was chosen by the senior living community because first responders continually serve and help their residents. The Palm Beach Post shared their organization’s mission as they were honored with an award and $1,000 donation from Tequesta Terrace.
Studies show music can help seniors living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia manage stress, shift moods and stimulate positive interactions. Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living volunteer Tino Negri helps the residents benefit from music by bringing his innovative music therapy program to the residents each month. His volunteer work has given the residents joy and happiness. WPEC-TV attended one of Negri’s eye-opening classes to see how music positively impacts the lives of residents at Tequesta Terrace.
Susan Aziz is a phenomenal volunteer who makes a difference in the lives of many others in the area. That’s why she is the recipient of the Tequesta Terrace Senior Service Award. A tropical party and ceremony was held to honor her achievements. CBS12 shared this inspiring story.
It’s not every day that someone turns 100, but at Tequesta Terrace Assisted Living four residents turned 100 or more in one month’s time. They got quite the party and even celebrated with the local fire department.WPTV was there to capture the joyous occasion
Tequesta Terrace believes in honoring senior volunteers in the community who make a difference in the lives of others. For that reason, Tequesta Terrace presented this year’s Senior Service Award to a volunteer from the Area Agency on Aging. The Jupiter Courier Newsweekly ran a fantastic story highlighting the volunteer’s dedication.
If you put four people together who are 100 or older and ask them for the secret to a long life, they will tell you that it’s critical to stay active. That’s the message four centenarians conveyed during a birthday celebration at Tequesta Terrace. The Palm Beach Post joined in on the fun and wrote a fabulous story about the centenarians’ lives.
For animal lovers, pets are an extension of their family. Especially this time of year, it can be tough for seniors on fixed incomes to provide food for themselves and their pets. Tequesta Terrace is doing its part by holding a pet food drive this month. The Jupiter Courier Newsweekly helped get the word out about this important way to give back this season.
The Power of Love Jupiter Courier Newsweekly
Tequesta Terrace held a special “Love is in the Air” celebration and honored a special couple. The couple has known each other for 50 years, but they didn’t marry until 15 years ago. As one of them now faces Alzheimer’s, their love remains as strong as ever. The Jupiter Courier Newsweekly did a heartwarming story about their true love.
The Early Bird Senior Prom Palm Beach Post
It may be hard to believe, but some residents at Tequesta Terrace never went to the prom. The Palm Beach Post covered the community’s senior prom and interviewed residents about details from their outfits to their marriages and why they are attending their first prom at age 91. From the “Dance Host” to the flowing champagne, the event was top notch.
Resident Ruth Luth vividly remembers the year her husband served overseas during World War II. Luth and other residents were able to share their stories with Marine Lance Corporal Bryan Marino, a 24-year-old who is on leave from active duty in Japan and is currently stationed in West Palm Beach. He made a special appearance at Tequesta Terrace to meet with 30 war veterans and military spouses. WPTV shared a wonderful story about this powerful intergenerational visit.
A new year is upon us and several residents have very impressive resolutions. One resident is even writing a book! The Jupiter Courier Newsweekly shared two residents’ goals and plans for the New Year. Their perspectives will definitely inspire the rest of us to stick to our resolutions in 2013.