HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO (October 5, 2016) -- A couple who lives at Wind Crest retirement community has made an anonymous donation of $200,000 to expand the dementia and memory care programs offered at the community. Wind Crest plans to use the funds to support additional resident and employee training programs, expand the use of technology and provide for additional programming and group trips.
Wind Crest currently has an Intermissions program for residents who live in independent living apartments. It also has Memory Care apartments in the Mill Vista Lodge continuing care building and it has a Memory Health program providing residents in independent living apartments with supportive memory services. In addition, it has a Memory Fitness program that helps train residents on techniques to maintain cognitive levels.
Intermissions is a group program that provides activities, art classes, exercise, and lunch for eight to ten residents Monday through Friday, served by an activity team of two employees. The Intermissions program is available for residents who have mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's or similar dementias, but are not ready to move to a secure Memory Care setting. The continuing care building that has the memory care apartments has an activity team of four employees that supports a seven-day-a-week activity program.
Wind Crest residents who participate in Intermissions and those who live in Memory Care recently donated 10 pieces of their artwork to the Colorado Alzheimer's Association's annual Memories in the Making Art Auction. This donation was more than that from any other retirement community in Colorado. One of the art pieces completed by a resident was replicated with a professional artist painting and the two pieces together sold for $4,600.