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ORLÉANS OUTDOOR MARKET from 12 noon to 6 p.m. in the Ray Frield Centre parking lot on Tenth Line Road. Come meet local vendors and artians from across the east end.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK – A Company of Fools presents a Torchlight Shakespeare production of Romeo and Juliet in Longleaf Park at 7 p.m. Pay what you can.

CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the R. J. Kennedy Community Centre 1115 Dunning Road in Cumberlans Village. The Cumberland Farmers’ Market features a variety of localy produced vegetables, seasonal fruits and specialty foods.

THE NAVAN FAIR will take place from Thursday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 13. Highlights the Demolition Derby. livestock shows, and Canadian rockers Honeymoon Suite who will be performing on Aug. 11. Visit


Playful goats, the power of music and making each moment matter
By Heather Jamieson
Aug. 8, 2018

To the amusement of those watching, two baby goats frolic on the tarp-covered floor of the spacious chapel at Forest Valley Terrace, an Orléans assisted living and memory care residence overlooking St. Joseph Boulevard, west of Forest Valley Drive.

Residents are thoroughly entertained by the playful pair, even if some can no longer recall what kind of animal they are.

This story speaks to the lengths the staff at this Symphony Senior Living residence will go to bring unique experiences to its residents, and is just one of the factors that gives such a positive impression.

The chapel, added in 1955 to the original seminary built in 1930 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is the heart of the residence, with its striking stained glass windows and comfortable couches. Now a multi-purpose space, it is used for everything from religious services and physio sessions, to special events, musical presentations and . . . goat visits.

Forest Valley Terrace prides itself on its leadership and expertise in the field of memory care. Its stated goal is to “connect with our residents and support the family through a disease process that takes so much, but makes us stop and truly appreciate each moment.”

The cornerstone of its approach is recognizing the value of maintaining lifelong daily routines and the belief that by participating in various tasks residents may have done throughout their lives, they feel productive and worthwhile. In turn, they are happier and have greater self-esteem.

Many of us have heard of the strength of music memory and the emotional and behavioural benefits of listening to music or singing for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. The reason is that key areas of the brain linked to musical memory are left relatively undamaged by the disease. Music has been proven to relieve stress, as well as reduce anxiety, depression and agitation.

Jessy Staniszewski, the residence’s executive director, says music is a powerful tool for staff when dealing with an uncooperative or agitated resident. The simple act of singing to them can distract an uncooperative resident sufficiently that they will calm down and cooperate.

He speaks fondly of one resident, a retired piano teacher in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s who sits at the residence’s piano and plays flawlessly. “Her music memory has remained beautifully intact.”

Forest Valley Terrace has incorporated a multitude of tools to provide memory support and to engage and calm residents who are struggling at different levels of dementia. They have created a home-like atmosphere and have a state-of-the-art, customized wireless monitoring system which not only provides residents with the ability to call for assistance, it also tracks the exact location of both residents and staff.

Memory care at Forest Valley Terrace is committed to “assisting people live their best lives.” The program is based on “living in the moment, because with Alzheimer’s, life is moment to moment. It may be a good moment or a bad moment, but you are ‘living’ in it.” Staniszewski says. “We are focused on engaging that resident and making each moment the best it can be.”

Every corner of the floor has something that can help those struggling with memory loss to relive happy memories by stimulating their minds and memories. It might be the office desk and typewriter which allows a former businessman “to go to work” or a bassinet of life-like baby dolls to be snuggled to rekindle a mother’s love.

Staniszewski also emphasises the extent to which the families of residents are the focus of their care.

“I can’t stress how important it is. Sometimes it is the family we are helping the most because they are at a breaking point,” says Staniszewski.

Family members often need help dealing with guilt and fear and are supported as they learn to adjust to a new relationship with their loved one, who perhaps doesn’t recognize them anymore, he adds.

Anyone of us may need the kind of specialized care that is offered by residences such as Forest Valley Terrace; if not for ourselves, perhaps for a family member or friend. Alzheimer Society statistics predict that the number of people living with dementia is expected to double in the next 20 years.

I am sure Forest Valley Terrace is not unique amongst area facilities in its strengths. But it certainly is a leader.




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