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Does Your Loved One Need Memory Care?

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Lets say your dad is about 80-years old. He lives on his own and, up until recently, has been an independent, on-the-go senior. A couple of months go by and he forgets to pay his bills. You come to visit for lunch and he can’t remember how to use the kitchen stove. He even forgot his doctor’s appointment and sometimes can’t find the right words or confuses words when speaking with you. These are all signs of memory loss. Your dad may need memory care.

Memory care is care for those who have been diagnosed with memory loss and who need help with areas of daily living (ADL).            

If you suspect your loved one may be showing signs of a memory problem, please contact a medical professional for evaluation. And if you find yourself in need of a memory care facilities in your area, please reach out to us at The Waterford on the Bay.

About Memory Loss

As we age, we lose brain cells. This loss sometimes affects our ability to recall a name or remember where we left our car keys. These are often called “senior moments.” Although it’s a normal process of aging – a noticeable amount of  changes in our memory are signs of something else.

When the term memory loss is used, it’s usually associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) because AD is the most common type of loss, occurring in about 5 million Americans. The more general term for memory loss is dementia (not a specific disease itself), which is the loss of memory from brain trauma, stroke, or a degenerative disease, as well as a loss of at least one other brain function like language.

Dementia affects your mental abilities, which affect your ability to carry out ADL.

People with dementia usually have trouble solving problems, doing daily tasks, and may even have trouble controlling their emotions.

According to, here are some signs that are not part of normal memory loss.

  • Forgetting things much more often than you used to
  • Forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times before
  • Trouble learning new things
  • Repeating phrases or stories in the same conversation
  • Trouble making choices or handling money
  • Not being able to keep track of what happens each day

Other diseases that fall under dementia include the following:

  • Vascular Dementia
  • Mixed Dementia
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)

Memory Care Facilities

Memory care facilities, like Serenity at The Waterford on the Bay, are designed for those that need help with ADLs but who still want to keep some sort of independence. The goal is to offer a safe and secure place with professional staff that is trained to care for those with memory loss.

These facilities are usually located as a separate wing of an assisted living community called special care units (SCUs). At The Waterford on the Bay, we have the top floor of our facility called Serenity, as a dedicated memory facility. The facilities have 24-hour support, private and semi-private rooms, and locked and alarmed premises to assure no one wonders off. 

There are common areas for meals, activities and socialization. Daily activities are planned that help residents with their memory. Some activities may include:

  • Games and trivia
  • Exercise
  • Baking
  • Music  & Art therapy
  • Pet appreciation
  • Local field trips
  • Reminiscing
  • Nature programs

The facility is usually designed with soothing colors, relaxing sounds, aromatherapy, and chairs and blankets. Studies show that sing this type of decor has a calming effect on Alzheimer’s patients. At The Waterford on the Bay, we commissioned hand painted murals to adorn the floor. First of all they act to create a soothing environment while acting as camouflage to certain areas on the floor. 

For more information about Memory Care Assisted Living at the Waterford on the Bay, please call 718-891-8400 or email us at


Meet Janet: Serenity Coordinator

Please allow me to introduce myself; my name is Janet Budhram and I am the Coordinator for the Serenity Unit at The Waterford On The Bay. In addition to working as the Coordinator, I am also a Certified Nursing Assistant and trained Recreational Aide. Working on the Serenity floor gives me the opportunity to work in a close family environment with our clients. Currently, there are 27 residents on this floor and working with me everyday are multiple Recreation staff, Horne Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, Registered Nurses, and speech and physical therapists.

On our floor, we start our day around 7am and we get our clients ready for restaurant style breakfast overlooking the view of the water. After meals, there is a choice of a high function or low function activity and our clients are given an option in which they would like to participate. Low functioning activities are orchestrated by Gloria, a member of our recreation staff, and consist of walking exercises, arts n crafts, sing alongs and live musical guests. High functioning activities played in smaller groups led by myself consist of games like bingo, dominoes and blackjack.

Also, we have beauty days where I sit with some of the residents and we do manicures and aromatherapy. Our residents enjoy aromatherapy because they can meditate and relax while listening to music. Kathy Flynn, an RN and Certified Dementia Specialist visits on a daily basis as well as Bella, our on staff musician. Our staff is highly trained, even our dining room wait staff and housekeeping staff are either Home Health Aides or Personal Care Aides.

Once the weather is nice we take walks outside and also enjoy BBQ’s on our outdoor terrace and our clients really enjoy getting fresh air. Also, many families come and take their loved ones out for the day or home for holidays and parties. We make sure that the Serenity Unit is a welcoming and enjoyable place for our clients to make their home as well as a place where they can be safe and happy. If you are thinking about bringing your loved one here to live, rest assured that they will receive the same care and attention that I give to all of my seniors.

Celebrate Good Friday and Easter with Us!

Join your loved ones for an unforgettable holiday at The Waterford. Seconds from the water, you can take advantage of the scenic outdoors to stroll along the bay, watch the boats coast by and enjoy the fresh breeze.

Our Church van is available to transport all churchgoers to and from services, and a special Easter Sunday Mass will be held in-house. In addition, Kathleen Flynn – our Registered Nurse and Director of Resident Care is an ordained Eucharistic Minister and she’s always accessible to assist with your spiritual needs.

So Much is Happening At The Waterford on the Bay!

Recent renovations have transformed The Waterford on the Bay, which now boasts an all new floor and impressive changes to our building’s exterior are on the way!

Featuring fabulously appointed rooms that are bright, spacious and airy, as well as a wraparound terrace with stunning bayside views – our newly outfitted assisted living floor opens up new vistas and provides our residents with more luxurious rooms to choose from. Recognized interior decorator, Shifra Mendelowitz, weaved her signature flair throughout our building – creating an upscale luxurious environment that exudes warmth and comfort.

Spring is on its Way!

With little frost in the air, and spring on the way, we seem to have skipped winter’s onslaught this year. With sunshine streaming through our windows, and many a balmy day that beckons our seniors to go out for a bay side stroll – Waterford residents are enjoying the weather.

We’re Licensed So You’re Protected!

ESAAL (Empire State Association of Assisted Living) has created this video to educate consumers about the importance of licensure – being licensed by the New York State Department of Health.

Licensing is an important form of protection. We expect to be treated by a licensed physician. We expect our homes to be repaired by a licensed contractor. We expect our rights to be defended by a licensed attorney. So WHY would a senior who needs care move into an assisted living residence that is not licensed – and not be protected?