Bickford of Midland

Assisted Living & Memory Care

Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Midland, we don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, we want you to bring the pieces of the home you love into ours and make it yours. Through personalized assisted living and memory care services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.

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We had a great time at our St Patty's day party on St Patrick's day. Everyone really enjoyed the green beer, snacks, and the themed games.
03-23-2015
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Black Pearl Amanda really got into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day with Friend of the Family Elizabeth! We had a great time drinking green beer and playing St. Patrick's themed games. Many of our Friends of the Family are of Irish descent and enjoyed hearing about the history of the holiday. Join ... Read Full Post
Black Pearl Amanda really got into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day with Friend of the Family Elizabeth! We had a great time drinking green beer and playing St. Patrick's themed games. Many of our Friends of the Family are of Irish descent and enjoyed hearing about the history of the holiday. Join us for our next fun day on the April 3rd at 2:00 PM for an Easter Egg Hunt!
03-20-2015
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It was such a fun time of relaxing and just visiting at our wine and cheese party this past Friday. I look forward each week to this time.
03-16-2015
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In the beginning of March I became the new LEC and I just wanted to introduce myself. I have worked at Bickford here in Midland for almost 7 years. I started out as a CNA on midnights and worked up into being a medpasser on day shift. I am very excited about this new position and area in which I ... Read Full Post
In the beginning of March I became the new LEC and I just wanted to introduce myself. I have worked at Bickford here in Midland for almost 7 years. I started out as a CNA on midnights and worked up into being a medpasser on day shift. I am very excited about this new position and area in which I can serve the residents here in Midland.
03-09-2015
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We were all lucky on Wednesday when we celebrated Casino Day! We served up a wonderful Casino themed lunch and gave away a fabulous prize! After lunch we tried our hands at a betting game using dice. The winner received a million dollars! ( in the form of a candy bar). Join us as we celebrate St. ... Read Full Post
We were all lucky on Wednesday when we celebrated Casino Day! We served up a wonderful Casino themed lunch and gave away a fabulous prize! After lunch we tried our hands at a betting game using dice. The winner received a million dollars! ( in the form of a candy bar). Join us as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17th for a day filled with fun!
03-06-2015
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Bickford of Midland's Newsletter/Calendar for the month of March is now available. We have many exciting events and activities planned for the month. We would love to see you share in on our Family Fun!
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Friends of the Family were given a rare treat when Bobby Randall’s Mother joined him in singing a few songs during his performance at Bickford of Midland. Bobby Randall plays in the Nashville touring band Confederate Railroad, an American country rock/southern rock band. When this native ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family were given a rare treat when Bobby Randall’s Mother joined him in singing a few songs during his performance at Bickford of Midland. Bobby Randall plays in the Nashville touring band Confederate Railroad, an American country rock/southern rock band. When this native “Midlander” returns home for a visit, we are honored that he has chosen Bickford to share his musical gift.
02-20-2015
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Someone once said, "Babies are a little bit of Heaven on earth". Today we celebrated that joy at the Branch with our very own Bickford Family Member Kala. We complied a basket full of baby essentials and surprised her with a baby shower. Residents shared many hugs and lots of advice with the soon ... Read Full Post
Someone once said, "Babies are a little bit of Heaven on earth". Today we celebrated that joy at the Branch with our very own Bickford Family Member Kala. We complied a basket full of baby essentials and surprised her with a baby shower. Residents shared many hugs and lots of advice with the soon to be mother. Congrats, Kala! We can't wait to meet your bundle of joy soon!
02-18-2015
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Bickford of Midland welcomed Sweet Friends in Music. Friends of the Family enjoyed listening to some “down home” country gospel by members Julia Dryzga, Rhonda Robinson, and Kristine Goodwin. The group plays acoustic folk, country, bluegrass, and gospel, including some originals.
02-14-2015
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We like to share the love here at Bickford of Midland. Over the weekend Bickford Family Members Kala and Danielle assisted Friends of the Family to write Valentines about the things they love. It was a great opportunity for Friends to remember some of their favorite things and reminisce with each ... Read Full Post
We like to share the love here at Bickford of Midland. Over the weekend Bickford Family Members Kala and Danielle assisted Friends of the Family to write Valentines about the things they love. It was a great opportunity for Friends to remember some of their favorite things and reminisce with each other. Special activities like this are part of what makes Mary B's Symphony such a wonderful program. With the help of Bickford Family Members, residents with dementia are able to engage and be happy.
02-11-2015
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We love your loved ones here at Bickford and we show it in every way possible! Everything from physical care to conversations to a two-step; we're here to provide a lifestyle for your loved ones that allows them the freedom and independence everyone deserves, even if they have memory issues. So if ... Read Full Post
We love your loved ones here at Bickford and we show it in every way possible! Everything from physical care to conversations to a two-step; we're here to provide a lifestyle for your loved ones that allows them the freedom and independence everyone deserves, even if they have memory issues. So if your loved one is suffering from a deficiency in the quality of their life, come to Bickford and see what it means to be a part of our family!
02-10-2015
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Bickford of Midland's Newsletter/Calendar for the month of February is now available. We have many exciting events and activities planned for the month. We would love to see you share in our family happiness!
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It's a good thing we have guys like Don and Bob around! The finishing touches of our new decor went up last week, and these guys made sure everything was just right. We are so excited about our beautiful new interior, and we'd love to show it off! Stop in for a tour today!
02-02-2015
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Every month Bickford of Midland celebrates “special event days.” During the month of January we had so much fun wearing different and unique hats on Hat Day. Friends of the Family cast their votes and Ethel won hands down! This week we also celebrated Chocolate Cake Day…yumm!!
01-30-2015
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According to a recent poll, pizza is America's favorite food. Yesterday we were no exception as we celebrated National Pizza Day. Friends of a Family did a pizza word search, learned pizza facts, and of course ate some delicious pizza. Come join us for another favorite food on Tuesday for Chocolate ... Read Full Post
According to a recent poll, pizza is America's favorite food. Yesterday we were no exception as we celebrated National Pizza Day. Friends of a Family did a pizza word search, learned pizza facts, and of course ate some delicious pizza. Come join us for another favorite food on Tuesday for Chocolate Cake Day!
01-23-2015
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You can find Friend of the Family Donald in the Activity Room focusing on his latest puzzle. Puzzles have been proven to stimulate cognitive skills and awaken memories, emotions and conversation. During the thinking process for instance, you must observe and think about the correct spot each puzzle ... Read Full Post
You can find Friend of the Family Donald in the Activity Room focusing on his latest puzzle. Puzzles have been proven to stimulate cognitive skills and awaken memories, emotions and conversation. During the thinking process for instance, you must observe and think about the correct spot each puzzle piece belongs and then put the piece in correctly. You must think about the shape of the piece, color etc. If it doesn’t fit, you must look again at the piece and start the process over. This process or task called thinking or problem solving is automatic to most of us, but many times it is a huge decision for individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Sometimes this memory process has been forgotten and needs to be stimulated in seniors with dementia and the elderly. Here at Bickford of Midland we have three different locations in the branch set up with puzzle tables; in the Activity Room, next to the salon, and in Mary B’s our Memory Care.
01-20-2015
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It is always daunting to try to make new friends later in life. This can be especially difficult for men when they are often outnumbered by the ladies their age. At Bickford, we are blessed to have a large percentage of men who enjoy the camaraderie of each other. We work hard to introduce new guys ... Read Full Post
It is always daunting to try to make new friends later in life. This can be especially difficult for men when they are often outnumbered by the ladies their age. At Bickford, we are blessed to have a large percentage of men who enjoy the camaraderie of each other. We work hard to introduce new guys into the group and connect them with other Friends of the Family with similar interests. This will also be the focus of upcoming Men's Group meetings coordinated by Assistant Director William McCartney. We hope to do all sorts of manly activities from woodworking to cards. Stay tuned for more information!
01-15-2015
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Our ladies just love having their nails done, and our Life Enrichment Coordinator, Kelly, just loves to help them gussy up their fingertips. Sometimes it's the little things that can make a person feel special and loved.
01-13-2015
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Friend of the Family Barb had a wonderful time sharing a special meal in our private dining room. The private dining room can be reserved for special occasions or simply sharing some family time over a home cooked meal. The Bread Basket serves home-styled meals that are prepared fresh every day; ... Read Full Post
Friend of the Family Barb had a wonderful time sharing a special meal in our private dining room. The private dining room can be reserved for special occasions or simply sharing some family time over a home cooked meal. The Bread Basket serves home-styled meals that are prepared fresh every day; all the more reason to come share in some tasty fare with your loved one.
01-10-2015
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It’s finally starting to feel like winter in Michigan. So far we have had a very mild winter…that is until last weekend when we got about 5 inches of snow! Friend of the Family Amy’s daughter, Cathy, shared this story with me. Cathy knows how much her mother enjoys looking out her window, so ... Read Full Post
It’s finally starting to feel like winter in Michigan. So far we have had a very mild winter…that is until last weekend when we got about 5 inches of snow! Friend of the Family Amy’s daughter, Cathy, shared this story with me. Cathy knows how much her mother enjoys looking out her window, so Cathy took it upon herself to build a merry snowman outside Amy’s window. In the picture, Amy watches on as her family builds the masterpiece. What a fun way to celebrate the season!
01-07-2015
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Look who's come to join the Bickford family in Midland; it's Mizerella! Mizzy comes to us from Saginaw; along with her owner and new Assistant Director, William. We are both very excited to be a part of this amazing family and look forward to meeting many new faces in this new place. Come on in and ... Read Full Post
Look who's come to join the Bickford family in Midland; it's Mizerella! Mizzy comes to us from Saginaw; along with her owner and new Assistant Director, William. We are both very excited to be a part of this amazing family and look forward to meeting many new faces in this new place. Come on in and meet us!
01-05-2015
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Bickford of Midland's Newsletter/Calendar for the month of January is now available. We have many exciting events and activities planned for the month. We wish you a Happy New Year and would love to see you share our family happiness!
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Nothing puts us in the holiday spirit quite like some classic Christmas carols. Friends of the Family were serenaded by Bickford Family Member Amanda and her choir from Delta college on Monday night. After the performance, Amanda delighted us with a duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside." We liked it so ... Read Full Post
Nothing puts us in the holiday spirit quite like some classic Christmas carols. Friends of the Family were serenaded by Bickford Family Member Amanda and her choir from Delta college on Monday night. After the performance, Amanda delighted us with a duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside." We liked it so much, we made her do an encore! Thank you so much, Amanda and friends for sharing your special talent with us. Merry Merry Christmas from Bickford of Midland, we hope all our Friends and Family have a joyous and safe holiday!
12-24-2014
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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Soon the bells will start, And the thing that will make them ring Is the carol that you sing Right within your heart.”~ Meredith Willson Friend of the Family Howard contributed in the ringing of sleigh bells during one of our Christmas ... Read Full Post
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; Soon the bells will start, And the thing that will make them ring Is the carol that you sing Right within your heart.”~ Meredith Willson Friend of the Family Howard contributed in the ringing of sleigh bells during one of our Christmas performances. This holiday season Bickford of Midland has numerous festive events scheduled. Come share in the joy, come share in the love; basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.
12-22-2014
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Who doesn't love a home cooked meal during the holidays? Especially this time of year, it can be hard for seniors to get to the store and prepare nutritious meals. At Bickford of Midland, the Bread Basket serves up homestyle food made from scratch. Dining in the Bread Basket also provides an ... Read Full Post
Who doesn't love a home cooked meal during the holidays? Especially this time of year, it can be hard for seniors to get to the store and prepare nutritious meals. At Bickford of Midland, the Bread Basket serves up homestyle food made from scratch. Dining in the Bread Basket also provides an opportunity for socialization and meeting new Friends. Call us at 989-835-5300 to set up a time to come and sample the delicious food for yourself!
12-17-2014
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Friends of the Family appreciate the time that volunteer Devin devotes to our branch. Devin helps out with activities and also spends some quality time visiting with our gentlemen. Volunteering : the happiness effect. Studies have demonstrated that helping others kindles happiness. When researchers ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family appreciate the time that volunteer Devin devotes to our branch. Devin helps out with activities and also spends some quality time visiting with our gentlemen. Volunteering : the happiness effect. Studies have demonstrated that helping others kindles happiness. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Volunteering adds a personal touch and warmth that forms lasting friendships. It also enhances care, promotes goodness, and improves quality of life. So, if you have a passion for making a difference in someone’s life, Bickford of Midland welcomes you to enrich the life of our residents by adding your special gift and bring some happiness into your life.
12-15-2014
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Look who stopped by for some biscuits and gravy! Today Friend of the Family RuthAnn entertained a special Bickford Family Member, Andy Eby, for breakfast. RuthAnn’s recommendation for Andy? Dance more!
12-10-2014
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Bickford of Midland's Newsletter/Calendar for the month of December is now available. We have many exciting musical events and activities planned for the holiday month. We would love to see you share our family happiness!
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‘Tis the season! Merry-making is in full swing at Bickford of Midland. Friends of the Family like Joyce helped trim the tree while listening to Christmas Carols. Come by and see how we decked the halls or attend one of the many festive activities going on this month in the Branch!
12-04-2014
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Thanksgiving was extra special this year with a Pow-wow from the Chippewa Valley Preschool. Friends of the Family enjoyed listening to innovative songs from these four and five year olds that represented early Native Americans. As American’s we celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks for ... Read Full Post
Thanksgiving was extra special this year with a Pow-wow from the Chippewa Valley Preschool. Friends of the Family enjoyed listening to innovative songs from these four and five year olds that represented early Native Americans. As American’s we celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest, just as the Pilgrims and Native Americans. Initially, George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789. However, each State celebrated the holiday on different dates. It wasn’t until October 3, 1863 that President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. The proclamation states…“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving…” Bickford of Midland celebrated this wonderful holiday while giving “thanks” with their friends and family.
11-30-2014
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We kicked off our Thanksgiving with a visit from the wonderful children of Chippewa Valley Preschool. They sang, visited, and even handed out some of their own artwork. Children always find a way to warm our hearts this time of year!
11-28-2014
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Friends of the Family gathered for a “meet and greet” during our initial book club meeting. Midland’s Grace A. Dow Memorial Library has assembled a collection of books to hold a book discussion group. The Book Club in a Bag contains ten copies of a popular book, facts about the author, a ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family gathered for a “meet and greet” during our initial book club meeting. Midland’s Grace A. Dow Memorial Library has assembled a collection of books to hold a book discussion group. The Book Club in a Bag contains ten copies of a popular book, facts about the author, a small bit of information on the book, book marks, some discussion questions, all packaged into a sturdy zipper bag to carry. The first book we are reading is national best seller, The Snow Child, written by novelist, Eowyn Ivey. Ivey is a native Alaskan and she based her book in 1920 Alaska, on the homestead of characters, Jack and Mabel. If your curiosity was piqued you’ll just have to visit the library for a copy.
11-26-2014
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Recently someone shared a great article with us here at Bickford about some signs adult children should watch for in their parents. Though everyone's Lifesong is unique, this article points out some signs that there may be more going on than meets the eye. We're happy to be a resource for anyone ... Read Full Post
Recently someone shared a great article with us here at Bickford about some signs adult children should watch for in their parents. Though everyone's Lifesong is unique, this article points out some signs that there may be more going on than meets the eye. We're happy to be a resource for anyone who has questions or concerns. http://blog.beaumont.edu/2014/11/7-signs-your-parents-may-need-help/?utm_source=housecall&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=housecall_newsletter&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonu6vKZKXonjHpfsX94%2BUpT%2Frn28M3109ad%2BrmPBy%2B2osEWp8na%2BqWCgseOrQ8mFUNV8OzRs0QqqQ%3D
11-21-2014
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While enjoying cupcakes and each other’s company, Friends of the Family celebrated the birthday of Mickey Mouse today. The world’s most recognized cartoon character, Mickey Mouse, made his debut on November 18, 1928. Friends of the Family reminisced about their memories of Mickey Mouse and ... Read Full Post
While enjoying cupcakes and each other’s company, Friends of the Family celebrated the birthday of Mickey Mouse today. The world’s most recognized cartoon character, Mickey Mouse, made his debut on November 18, 1928. Friends of the Family reminisced about their memories of Mickey Mouse and discovered some interesting facts and trivia. For instance, the release of ‘Steamboat Willie’ was the first cartoon with synchronized sound. At that time, most other studios were still producing silent films while Disney adopted sound and raised the standard. And Walt Disney originally wanted to call Mickey ‘Mortimer Mouse,’ but his wife thought ‘Mortimer’ sounded too pompous. Bickford of Midland has many entertaining and exciting activities and events on the calendar, why don’t you come and share a moment of happiness with us!
11-18-2014
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Last Wednesday was a special day for Dorothy and Bill as they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. For Dorothy the day holds a special significance as it was her parents’ anniversary also. The couple first met at the YMCA where they enjoyed taking part in scavenger hunts around the city of ... Read Full Post
Last Wednesday was a special day for Dorothy and Bill as they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. For Dorothy the day holds a special significance as it was her parents’ anniversary also. The couple first met at the YMCA where they enjoyed taking part in scavenger hunts around the city of Saginaw with friends. Bill ran a farm that has been in his family for over 100 years, so they had to wait until a quiet time on the farm to have a wedding! Congratulations Dorothy and Bill on 54 wonderful years!
11-12-2014
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The Red Hat ladies, Liz and Sue, bring their musical talents to Bickford of Midland. The Red Hat Society is a social organization originally founded in 1998 in the United States for women age 50 and beyond, but now open to women of all ages. There are over 40,000 chapters in the United States, and ... Read Full Post
The Red Hat ladies, Liz and Sue, bring their musical talents to Bickford of Midland. The Red Hat Society is a social organization originally founded in 1998 in the United States for women age 50 and beyond, but now open to women of all ages. There are over 40,000 chapters in the United States, and chapters in 30 other countries. The founder of the Society is artist Sue Ellen Cooper. In 1997, Cooper gave a friend a 55th birthday gift consisting of a red bowler purchased at an antique store along with a copy of the poem “Warning” written by Jenny Joseph. The opening lines of the poem read: “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple. With a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.” One and all is welcome to come and join in and sing-a-long. Liz and Sue will sing holiday tunes on their next visit in December.
11-09-2014
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Someone once said, “As the seasons change, so do we.” Much to the chagrin of some of us in Michigan, winter is right around the corner. This can be a particularly scary time for the elderly. The risk of falls increases with snow and ice. Studies have also shown seniors have increased isolation ... Read Full Post
Someone once said, “As the seasons change, so do we.” Much to the chagrin of some of us in Michigan, winter is right around the corner. This can be a particularly scary time for the elderly. The risk of falls increases with snow and ice. Studies have also shown seniors have increased isolation during the colder months. Now is the perfect time to start making a plan for seniors who are at risk. Call Bickford of Midland at 989-835-5300 to develop a personalized plan with us to keep your loved on happy and safe all winter long.
11-05-2014
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Bickford of Midland's Newsletter/Calendar for the month of November is now available. We have many exciting events and activities planned for the month. We would love to see you share in on our Family Fun!
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Calling all little witches, superheroes, princesses, and firemen! Friends of the Family like RuthAnn love to visit with children. She has been busy stocking the Halloween candy bar in anticipation and on Halloween this week, Bickford will be hosting trick-or-treating at 3:30pm at the Branch on ... Read Full Post
Calling all little witches, superheroes, princesses, and firemen! Friends of the Family like RuthAnn love to visit with children. She has been busy stocking the Halloween candy bar in anticipation and on Halloween this week, Bickford will be hosting trick-or-treating at 3:30pm at the Branch on Friday, October 31st. Bickford will provide the candy and a safe indoor environment for children of all ages to visit each apartment and fill their buckets full of goodies. Let us know if you will be able to attend by calling the Branch 989-835-5300, and we will make sure there is plenty of candy to go around!
10-29-2014
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Scrapbooking is an easy, fun, and engaging activity seniors can enjoy. This pastime encourages social interaction, challenges the mind and memory, and can even relief stress. Scrapbooking and Mental Health Mental health is an important aspect of overall health; it is especially important for ... Read Full Post
Scrapbooking is an easy, fun, and engaging activity seniors can enjoy. This pastime encourages social interaction, challenges the mind and memory, and can even relief stress.

Scrapbooking and Mental Health

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health; it is especially important for seniors of all ages and ability levels to find fun and challenging pastimes to engage the mind. Scrapbooking is an easy, enjoyable, and effective activity that offers many mental health benefits for seniors. The simple act of creating a scrapbook can engage the memory and emotion centers of the brain, help seniors to feel accomplishment as they complete this task, and foster social ties with family and peers alike.

Scrapbooking and Stress Relief

Studies have shown that engaging in any craft can have a dramatic effect on mental stress. In fact, crafting—including scrapbooking—produces stress relief effects similar to those of meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. When your attention and focus are on a craft, worries and cares seem less important. Thus, scrapbooking is an excellent way for seniors who cannot move easily or comfortably to achieve a high level of stress relief for a more positive outlook on life and better mental and even physical health. Reminiscing itself also has a beneficial impact on mood, helping seniors to recall fond memories and emotions, allowing them to reconnect with their past in a positive way.

Scrapbooking and Memory

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way for seniors to relive and share positive memories about their lives. Photos can jog the memory, prompting you to recall in vivid detail events you’ve attended or family and friends you haven’t seen in years. Scrapbooking has been recognized for its use as an integral component of reminiscence therapy, both for healthy seniors and those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Recent studies have also provided further evidence that scrapbooking has beneficial cognitive effects for Alzheimer’s patients. In many cases, looking at photographs can prompt memories that may seem long gone, helping Alzheimer’s patients to recognize family and friends once more. Furthermore, scrapbooking helps to maintain memories within in the brain by encouraging seniors with Alzheimer’s to continue accessing remote memories, which often do not deteriorate as quickly as more recent memories.

Scrapbooking and Social Connection

One of the major benefits of scrapbooking is that it is a very social activity. Social activities gain importance with age—maintaining close social ties can slow the effects of dementia by engaging the brain with new information while encouraging it to access older memories. Scrapbooking can prompt discussions about the past, including the sharing of precious stories and memories with others. This encourages seniors to engage with their peers, strengthening the social connections that are integral to health and happiness. Thus, encouraging seniors to take part in scrapbooking activities provides a valuable platform to make and maintain friendships, as well keep up valuable connections with family.

At Bickford of Midland, we are dedicated to providing our residents with a full schedule of activities and therapies that promote health and happiness. Our assisted living community offers dementia and Alzheimer’s care in addition to companion care, medication management, and care coordination with our on-site Registered Nurse. Please visit our website to learn more about our community, our services, and our monthly activities.

10-29-2014
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Monday exercise will not be the same! We sadly said good-bye to our exercise Guru, Robin Malone. She had graciously volunteered at Bickford of Midland for four years. We exercise because it helps to maintain function of the joints, enhances mobility, and prevents deterioration and loss of range of ... Read Full Post
Monday exercise will not be the same! We sadly said good-bye to our exercise Guru, Robin Malone. She had graciously volunteered at Bickford of Midland for four years. We exercise because it helps to maintain function of the joints, enhances mobility, and prevents deterioration and loss of range of motion while preventing over-fatigue of muscle. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, "Moderate exercise helps many people with Alzheimer's disease feel better - both physically and emotionally.” Thus, exercise increases mood and decreases the risk of falls. Come and join us in our daily exercise program; Robin has taught me some valuable techniques that I apply in my gentle yet invigorating chair exercises.
10-24-2014
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Anthony Brandt once said, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” For two particular Friends of the Family, this couldn’t be more true. Friend of the Family Myra was one of the first Friends of the Family to move into Bickford of Midland. While she has had many ... Read Full Post
Anthony Brandt once said, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” For two particular Friends of the Family, this couldn’t be more true. Friend of the Family Myra was one of the first Friends of the Family to move into Bickford of Midland. While she has had many friends during these past 7 years here, none have been so dear as Bickford’s newest Friend, Louise. It’s not hard to tell, but Myra and Louise are sisters. They have enjoyed the past few days since Louise moved in doing puzzles and catching up on “sister things”. When they posed for this snapshot, Myra said they haven’t had a picture taken together in “about a hundred years!”.
10-22-2014
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Dr. Daniel Clement and the creative folks at Great Lakes Bay Dental have outdone themselves once again! Each year, the staff at Great Lakes Bay Dental have a pumpkin decorating contest complete with a vote for best pumpkin. They are so generous in sharing the pumpkins with our Friends of the Family ... Read Full Post
Dr. Daniel Clement and the creative folks at Great Lakes Bay Dental have outdone themselves once again! Each year, the staff at Great Lakes Bay Dental have a pumpkin decorating contest complete with a vote for best pumpkin. They are so generous in sharing the pumpkins with our Friends of the Family when their contest has ended. There is no way for us to pick a winner because we truly love them all. They enrich our happiness every day and make our smiles even wider...which is just what the dentist ordered. Thanks Dr. Clement and staff!
10-21-2014
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Friends of the Family Ruth Ann and Jerry took a turn or two on the dance floor during the Community Center’s Blast from the Past dance. The monthly dance features a twenty piece orchestra, playing tunes from the 30’s through the 50’s. Bickford of Midland is currently sponsoring this favored ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family Ruth Ann and Jerry took a turn or two on the dance floor during the Community Center’s Blast from the Past dance. The monthly dance features a twenty piece orchestra, playing tunes from the 30’s through the 50’s. Bickford of Midland is currently sponsoring this favored event; whether you enjoy kicking up your heels or simply listening to melodies from the past, we invite you to come experience this wonderful social affair.
10-17-2014
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Often when Friends come to visit Bickford, they express how important it is for them to have a sense of fellowship in their new home. While families and caregivers provide great support, Friends still long for companionship from peers. Activities and social gatherings allow for Friends to bond and ... Read Full Post
Often when Friends come to visit Bickford, they express how important it is for them to have a sense of fellowship in their new home. While families and caregivers provide great support, Friends still long for companionship from peers. Activities and social gatherings allow for Friends to bond and build the sense of community between them. One way we do that at Bickford is by having Friends of the Family take part in planning and running activities. Yesterday, Friend of the Family Carolyn volunteered to call Bingo for the group. Before retirement, Carolyn was a physical education teacher, so she knows how to be heard clearly!
10-15-2014
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Friends of the Family celebrated the season by decorating pumpkins. The pumpkins were adorned with pressed leaves, flowers, or stickers; decoupage was applied to give a glossy final touch. Friend of the Family Carolyn proudly displays her festive masterpiece.
10-10-2014
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Well we may not have donned lederhosen, but we did have a great Oktoberfest celebration yesterday! The day was complete with a special German themed meal, polka dancing, beer and pretzel social, and even an accordian performance from our Friend of the Family, Ray. We'll use any excuse to have a ... Read Full Post
Well we may not have donned lederhosen, but we did have a great Oktoberfest celebration yesterday! The day was complete with a special German themed meal, polka dancing, beer and pretzel social, and even an accordian performance from our Friend of the Family, Ray. We'll use any excuse to have a great time!
10-08-2014
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"Bickford feels like home from the minute you walk in the door." - that's what our new Friend of the Family, Lu, says. With a warm welcome by Barb, our Resident Coordinator (and official Welcoming Committee Chairman!), Lu feels like they have known each other for years. It is a big step to move ... Read Full Post
"Bickford feels like home from the minute you walk in the door." - that's what our new Friend of the Family, Lu, says. With a warm welcome by Barb, our Resident Coordinator (and official Welcoming Committee Chairman!), Lu feels like they have known each other for years. It is a big step to move into a new home, and friends always make life easier. Come to Bickford today ~ Your new friends are waiting to meet you!
10-06-2014
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Friends of the Family enjoyed the theatrical performance presented by “Happy Trails Drama.” The drama club captivates their audience by portraying characters that are familiar to the spectators while presenting an entertaining story. One character Friends of the Family found especially humors ... Read Full Post
Friends of the Family enjoyed the theatrical performance presented by “Happy Trails Drama.” The drama club captivates their audience by portraying characters that are familiar to the spectators while presenting an entertaining story. One character Friends of the Family found especially humors was the rendition of Willy Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”
10-05-2014
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What does it feel like to live with dementia? This month our Bickford Family Members had a chance to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour with the help of Community Partners Hometown Home Health and Hospice. For the tour, Bickford Family Members were equipped with goggles, gloves, headphones and ... Read Full Post
What does it feel like to live with dementia? This month our Bickford Family Members had a chance to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour with the help of Community Partners Hometown Home Health and Hospice. For the tour, Bickford Family Members were equipped with goggles, gloves, headphones and other devices to mimic the effects of dementia. After the tour, BFM’s took a survey to test their feelings about the experience. BFM’s reported feeling a stronger connection to those they care for as well as further understanding of dementia.
10-01-2014
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