Living Life to its Fullest at Cambrian Senior Living
Cambrian is the premiere senior living community in Southeast Michigan, providing comfortable elegance, gentle care, and peace-of-mind. Specializing in assisted living and memory care services for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, Cambrian carefully identifies each individual’s needs and preferences ensuring he or she receives the proper care for every situation. The caring team at Cambrian will focus on not only the physical demands but the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of residents.
This is an exciting new phase for your loved one: compassionate caregivers, robust life enrichment programs, maximum independence, and aging with the utmost dignity. Making decisions about a major change for a loved one can be difficult, but Cambrian works hard to make the process simple and comforting. It is so much more than a place to live, it’s a place to call home.
- By Jeff Anderson Ageist stereotypes about seniors are pervasive in our culture. In films, on television and even in the jokes we hear, misconceptions and stereotypes about aging and seniors are ever present. Like any form of bias, ageism has led many of us to make false assumptions about seniors. Learn more about some of the top myths of aging: Myth: Aging is Depressing Contrary to the myth that aging is depressing, many studies find that seniors are among the happiest age group. Happiness levels by age follow a U-shaped curve, with self reported levels of happiness at their lowest at age 40, but then growing thereafter. In addition, those who think aging is depressing also believe that it makes seniors grumpier. People who are unhappy in their younger years will likely continue to be in their later years, and similarly, good-natured people continue on a happy trajectory as they age. In other words, one’s attitude comes down to their individual personality, not an age group. Myth: Aging Leads to Loneliness Though social isolation can be a problem for seniors, especially to those who have limited mobility, lack of transportation or who have recently lost a spouse, most seniors are able to stay stay socially engaged. Activities and visits with family and friends, and at places such as the local senior center or a place of worship, also help seniors stay socially active and happy. Myth: Aging Dulls Wits and Inevitably Causes Dementia While aging can create cognitive changes, older people may perform better in certain areas of intelligence and poorer in others. For example, while seniors may have slower reaction times, “mental capabilities that depend most heavily on accumulated experience and knowledge, like settling disputes and enlarging one’s vocabulary, clearly get better over time,” writes Patricia Cohen in the New York Times. What’s more, dementia is anything but inevitable. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, only 5% of those over age 65 will develop dementia. Myth: Aging Makes You Unproductive Though retired people may have left the workforce, they are hardly unproductive. They contribute countless hours to activities like helping with child-rearing and volunteering, which makes an enormous impact on society. In fact, a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates 24% of senior citizens report engaging in volunteer work after retirement. Myth: Aging Makes You Less Creative There are countless examples that dispel the myth that aging makes you less creative. In fact, many artists actually find their calling or achieve mastery in their later years. A great example is the immortal “Grandma Moses.” Anna Mary Robinson Moses was an ordinary, unassuming woman who lived on a farm in upstate New York in the mid 1800’s. After her husband passed away, Mrs. Moses (as she liked to call herself) transitioned from farm work to a quieter life of embroidering for fun and making delicious preserves for her now grown children. But, when arthritis made embroidering too painful, a friend suggested she try painting. Mrs. Moses took to painting scenes of rural life, and even hung a few of her paintings in the local drugstore. Her paintings caught the eye of a prominent art collector who was passing through town and the rest is history. Her first one-woman art show was held in 1940 when Moses was already 80-years-old. She became famous and was dubbed “Grandma Moses,” a name that stuck. She continued to paint until the age 101. Myth: Aging Makes You Unable to Adapt to New Situations Older people are not only able to adapt to new situations, they are actually experts at adapting. By the time one has become a senior, they have had to adapt to innumerable changes and transitions in life, many of which could have certainly been challenging. Seniors may be slower to change their opinions, but one of humanity’s’ greatest traits, adaptability, is generally retained as we grow old. Myth: Aging Erases Your Libido Discussing the love and sex lives of seniors is largely taboo in our culture and has led to the stereotype that the elderly are sexless. This stereotype is harmful because it can cause seniors to have conflicted feelings or unnecessary guilt about their sexuality, while simultaneously causing younger people to hold misconceptions about aging and the elderly. As a state of Oregon document notes adroitly: “Research has found that sexual activity and enjoyment do not decrease with age. People with physical health, a sense of well-being and a willing partner are more likely to continue sexual relations. People who are bored with their partner, mentally or physically tired, afraid of failure or overindulge in food or drink are unlikely to engage in sexual activity. These reasons do not differ a great deal when considering whether or not a person will engage in sex at any age.” Myth: Aging Makes You More Religious Seniors certainly have a higher rate of religious attendance than younger people, but this is a generational phenomenon rather than an aging phenomenon. If you regularly attended church growing up, you’re likely to continue to do so as you age. Today’s senior’s haven’t become more religious with time. Instead they grew up in a time when more people went to church, which is why seniors are the most religious age group.
Dementia is a progressive brain disease that is projected to affect 13.5 million Americans and 1.2 million Canadians by mid--‐century. Today, over 5 million Americans are living with the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 2000,000 under the age of 65. By 2050, up to 16 million will have the disease. Characterized by memory loss and a cognitive decline that interferes with the daily life, dementia progressively weakens a person’s thought processing ability ultimately causing drastic changes in mood, memory and behavior. Family members caring for a spouse, parent, or other loved one with dementia, are at high risk for depression and anxiety making it difficult or impossible to care for the person affected by dementia. You know the diagnosis, now what do you do? Nationally recognized dementia educator and trainer, Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA has helped thousands of people by sharing her dementia care philosophy and caregiving techniques. Her training program and book are reflective of her education, work experiences, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. In addition to her work as an Occupational Therapist and 30 years of experience in Geriatrics, Teepa served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and as a Clinical Associate Professor at UNC’s School of Medicine-Program on Aging. She is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenges and change. Teepa’s teaching style integrates facts about the brain and what happens to someone when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes difficult. Her teaching style is unique, entertaining, and energetic. She is a sought after speaker or professional organizations across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Mandy Otto, Life Enrichment Director at Cambrian Senior Living in Michigan has earned her Teepa Snow Certification as Trainer for the Positive Approach to Care™ (PAC). She has demonstrated the ability to train others in this PAC philosophy...teaching, awareness, knowledge, and skill development in a classroom, community, or support group setting. Cambrian staff pictured here with Teepa Snow-from left: Mandy Otto, Teepa Snow, Megan Porter, Monica Dewey. The experiential and interactive course provided Mandy with dementia related awareness and knowledge, an in-depth look into various learning styles, and the facilitation of techniques that engage learners. Certification requirements included 6 hours of online training, an 8 hour classroom training, and post training follow up. Teepa’s PAC philosophy and care partnering techniques serve as the foundation for all PAC Dementia Certifications. Each certification category includes instruction in PAC philosophy, foundational knowledge and basic care partnering skills including Positive Physical Approach™ and Hand Under Hand™.
Join us on June 27th from 2-4pm to learn more about communicating with someone living with dementia! The session will be held at Cambrian Senior Living, 52365 Ten Mile Road, South Lyon, MI. 48178. Call 248-344-0001 with questions. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served.
- Lyon Township, Michigan: Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 Cambrian Senior Living softly opened the bright red signature doors to the brand new residential community back on February 27th, 2017, the day following their Home for the Aged licensing approval by the State of Michigan. More than 2 dozen residents were anxiously awaiting for the approval and immediately began staggering their move-ins into the community over the next few weeks that followed. Giving themselves some time to let the dust settle and to get operations in order, the management team chose not to hold a formal grand opening until this past Sunday, April 23th. Cambrian Senior Living located at 52365 Ten Mile Road in Lyon Township consists of a total of 71 apartments. 33 private apartments are dedicated to offering traditional assisted living services while the remaining 38 include a specialized focus for those individuals living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other types of memory loss. Operations are managed by The Cambrian Group whose owners are local South Lyon residents Gareth and Denise Zebley. In addition to the many dozens of construction jobs the project has brought to the area over the past 24 months, the new business has already hired about 25 individuals and will ultimately add up to about 85 new permanent employment opportunities as the resident census grows to full occupancy. “Cambrian opened with reservations for about a third of the apartments which quickly became occupied within the first month of operations. We believe this rate is a testament to the unmet needs of local families dealing with the challenges of caring for a loved one”, said Denise Zebley, co-owner. Prior to Cambrian opening local residents would need to leave the South Lyon/Lyon Township area when their care needs escalated. The assisted living setting is unique and was designed with an elegant, charming home like feel. The memory care areas are designed with a focus on the specialized needs of the resident living with memory loss. Cambrian also addresses safety concerns with a variety of state-of-the-art technology systems put into place to give families the peace-of-mind they’ve been seeking. The details of the living spaces range from careful color and pattern selections, to a multitude of elements that cater to enhancing all five senses. Mood lighting, aromatherapy, tactile projects such as gardening or baking fresh cookies or breads, compliment the visually comfortable elegance of the setting. Menu selections range from simple to gourmet at times and also provide a specialty focus on meals for the resident living with dementia. The activity programming is robust and offers a variety of small group activities. The building provides numerous spaces which can be adapted for use as needed. And, the interior hallways and outdoor walkways are designed with a continuous flow which allows residents to be on the go for as long as they wish. Various state and local community leaders attended the Grand Opening Celebration with special presentations and kind, congratulatory remarks. Linda Lawther, President of Michigan Center for Assisted Living based in Lansing, MI was in attendance along with Kathy Crawford, Michigan State Representative, Christina Archer, Economic Developer for Lyon Township, Lance Krajacic, Jr, President & CEO at Hantz Bank, as well as other respected figures who all helped make Cambrian Senior Living a reality for Lyon Township.