Silverado Memory Care Residents Create Jewelry to Support Others with Alzheimer’s

3/17/2015
Location : Onion Creek 
Jewelrymaking ENRICHED

At Silverado Onion Creek, residents with dementia are using their time to benefit others affected by memory impairing diseases. A group of about 15 residents creates a variety of beaded jewelry that is sold or auctioned to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research.

The group initially sold dozens of pieces during their first auction event at Silverado Onion Creek Memory Care Community, raising a little over $1,000. On March 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m., the community and its residents are hosting a check presentation to gift those funds to the Alzheimer’s Association of Austin. And with the success of the auction event, a local boutique has now begun selling the jewelry, with one hundred percent of proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.

“The jewelry-making club and auction has brought joy and a feeling of connection to our residents, as well as showing that people with dementia can lead meaningful lives,” says Darleen Motley, Silverado Director of Resident Engagement. “This club is a wonderful celebration of their abilities, not limitations. It helps create community awareness and hope, and benefits a cause that is close to all of our hearts.”

Since the group first met several months ago, they have created more than 100 pieces of quality jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Today, about 50 pieces are available for sale at Onion Creek Salon, Spa and Boutique. The jewelry-making effort represent a practice central to Silverado’s care, which is enriching lives of those with dementia by helping them to experience the fulfillment of achievement, giving and engagement.

“Enabling our residents to serve their community helps them contribute to the world in a meaningful way,” Motley adds. “Many of the residents who participate openly talk about how donating their time has helped them to feel valued and restores self-worth.”

Engagements for people with dementia – such as the jewelry-making club – are part of a larger program called Nexus at Silverado, which combines science and social engagement. Recent research indicates that physical, mental and social activities are potential means of delaying the onset of dementia and slowing its progression. Nexus at Silverado is an evidence-based program with this in mind, and it was created specifically for people in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

UPDATE: Silverado residents are now selling their handmade jewelry at Buda Drugstore.  All proceeds will be donated ot the Alzheimer's Association. 

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