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Kathy Haubecker of Life’s Journey, which provides memory care services, spoke recently to the Charleston Rotary.

CHARLESTON -- Individual residential care for people afflicted with dementia is the goal of Life’s Journey Senior Living, a staff director told Charleston Rotary members recently.

Kathy Haubecker, a former Rotarian in Sullivan, is the marketing director for Life’s Journey Senior Living. Life’s Journey has four “home away from home” facilities in East Central Illinois. There are 48-room facilities in Mattoon and Taylorville, and smaller units in Pana and Paris.

They provide individualized residential memory care services for people affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Haubecker said there are two types of dementia: reversible — a brain injury due to an accident, cardiac arrest, medication reaction, and other causes; and irreversible -- due to dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is probably the most prominent form.

Alzheimer’s affects five million people and is the third most prevalent cause of death, Haubecker said. Keeping active mentally and physically can slow the progression of the disease.

Haubecker said that the Life’s Journey staff look for ways to relieve stress for residents. Although no two cases of dementia are the same, she said, as sufferers digress they often seem to live in the past. The staff works up a history on each person so they can respond appropriately and bring up things the resident can relate to, and they encourage family members to do the same rather than stressing the “now.”

Other stress-relievers include garden clubs, cooking clubs, crafts, bike rides, ice cream outings, lots of parties, and music.

In addition to resident programs, Life’s Journey also offers adult day care and respite care to give 24/7 caregivers a break and to make taking a vacation possible.

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