Abundant Life in a Different World
Many of us joke of “senior moments” when we have glitches in our memory. However, a true diagnosis of brain disease, where memory loss and other cognitive functions deteriorate, is a heavy blow. It ushers seniors and their families onto an entirely different path: a “purple path,” a winding and mysterious road. MorningStar is honored to walk alongside the memory-impaired (and their families) on this unexpected journey.
Whatever the extent of the memory loss, whatever the form of dementia, we know a person’s essence remains. Our calling—our privilege—at MorningStar is to find ways to connect with and nurture that essence. Our energies are put toward continuing to find ways to celebrate and elevate life.
MorningStar’s philosophy and approach to this kind of supported living is encompassed under the expanse of possibilities we call “Lavender Sky.” Under this Lavender Sky, our mission is to thoughtfully enter, embrace and explore. Here’s how:
Dementia is an entirely different and isolating world. Here, involuntarily, the memory-impaired enter, and remain. Into this world, a corps of the most amazing souls also choose to enter…drawn by love and compassion. In love for the memory-impaired, we enter with purpose and intentionality. We enter their “purple world,” crossing in and over the boundaries that otherwise would separate us. As agents of comfort, we enter their perceived reality, joining them there to offer comfort and empathy. As experienced professionals in dementia care, MorningStar endeavors to educate families in how to enter too.
Embracing the world of dementia begins by accepting the diagnosis (wrenchingly difficult as that can be), and the fact that this is now the path we must walk, together. As much, we embrace a deep understanding of brain disease, whatever the form of dementia that has taken hold. We embrace the challenge ahead, and envelope all the resources this challenging journey requires. We embrace the uniqueness of each person affected, and welcome whatever creativity can personalize our approach. Most centrally, we embrace hope…that it remains, even now. You just have to know where to look.
Under a Lavender Sky, exploration is boundless. It must be, for dementia itself is expansive, each form manifesting differently in each person. With the observation skills of an explorer, we discover pathways to connect and engage. So much remains, even when cognition is impaired. It’s up to us to be detectives, uncovering the abilities and strengths that endure. It’s our job to protect the freedoms and rights of the memory-impaired, and find blessings wrapped in unusual packages. To explore is to seek the possible. To seek is to find.
I truly think Dad has had more joy in his life these last few years at MorningStar than he has had since he was a young man. Being with all of you, he feels love, friendship and a dignified care that he hadn’t experienced for a very long time. (Resident’s son)
MorningStar communities are private pay.
It is our distinguished honor to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association in every market in which we serve, supporting the local chapter with our time, talent and treasure. We serve on their boards and committees. We fundraise all year long. We participate in their centerpiece initiatives, like Memories in the Making, The Longest Day and Walk to End Alzheimer’s, as we join their concerted efforts to find a cure. See Giving Back Locally.
If you are in immediate need of encouragement, right now, please call the Alzheimer’s Association’s Hotline at 1.800.272.3900.