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Program launched at Daylesford Crossing to aid Parkinson’s patients

- SageLife

Daylesford Crossing, a SageLife senior living community in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, has launched a new program to care for individual­s with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

Stabilizat­ion, education and consistent monitoring are key elements of the program, which takes a personaliz­ed approach to managing Parkinson’s or movement disorders.

The program focuses on developing the seven skills needed to successful­ly manage symptoms: Healthy Eating; Being Active; Monitoring; Taking Medication; Problem Solving; Risk Reduction; and Healthy Coping.

Each resident has a customized plan.

“We take a collaborat­ive approach to caring for residents who are living with Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders,” said Kelly Andress, founder and president of SageLife. “Our specially trained care team partners with the resident, their family, and a multidisci­plinary healthcare team in order to achieve the best outcomes for each individual.”

“SageLife meets residents where they are in their journey, customizin­g every aspect of daily life to address unique needs,” added Lakia Davis, executive director. “For example, our dining staff can provide weighted utensils to help a resident enjoy a meal. And our support extends beyond residents; we offer family support programs and groups to help navigate a

loved one’s diagnosis and changing needs.”

To recognize Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Daylesford Crossing is partnering with renowned physical therapist Dr. Jen Brown to help educate families and individual­s affected by Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

In a webinar recently hosted by Brown for Daylesford Crossing, she outlined the importance of nutrition and mobility training for seniors, especially for those who suffer from these issues.

All SageLife physical therapists are certified in the LSVT Big and Loud programs designed specifical­ly for people living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

“We stress the importance of exercise and mobility training for seniors dealing with Parkinson’s disease, including classes such as chair yoga and dance,” said Mindy Clark, health and wellness director.

Similarly, nutrition is a key component of the program. Registered dietitians work with residents to customize meal plans that ensure they are eating foods rich in nutrients and fiber, which can help offset symptoms commonly caused by mobility disorders or Parkinson’s disease. They also work with residents to create menus that meet any special dietary considerat­ions that prescripti­on medication­s may require.

“By creating these personaliz­ed plans, we see a difference in the quality of life for our residents, as we enable them to feel a sense of freedom in their bodies once again,” Clark said.

To learn more, visit https://www.sagelife. com/daylesford-crossing/ movement-disorders.

To view Brown’s webinar, visit https://vimeo. com/693693737

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