Mackenzie Johnson OT Intern Mackenzie is currently a student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine working towards her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in 2014, where her passion for geriatrics began. Before coming to Saint Louis, Mackenzie worked as a caregiver and qualified medication administration person (QMAP) at Metzler Memory Care in Colorado, where she developed a love for memory care and a greater understanding of the role of the caregiver. She is delighted to be going into the field of Occupational Therapy and joining Memory Care Home Solutions in her first fieldwork at such an exciting time. She cannot wait to learn from all the clinicians and families as she begins her own journey as a future professional.
Jessica Parker Business Development Intern Jessica is working towards obtaining her Master of Health Administration at Saint Louis University, and is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in French and International Studies. Her journey with Memory Care Home Solutions began in the Fall of 2016 as a volunteer in the Advancement Department. Jessica’s role recently expanded as the Business Development Intern for Memory Care Home Solutions. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with an organization as innovative and compassionate as MCHS.
As the weather warms up it gives ample opportunity for getting outside and getting active. Staying active mentally and physically has been proven to slow the progression of memory changes. Many caregivers struggle to find things that engage their loved one in without push-back. Getting outside can open up many opportunities for activities with less struggle and resistance. Gardening is a natural way to get out of the house with loved ones. This is a great stress relieving activity for both the caregiver and your loved one with memory loss. Gardening has been on the rise in use in therapy interventions for all types of conditions and Alzheimer’s and dementia are a perfect fit for this type of activity. This activity pulls memories from our childhoods and can stimulate long term memory in our brains. It gives a sense of purpose and meaning to the day. Many people with memory… → Keep Reading
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