GRAND Magazine - May/June 2018 - 34

it's never 2 late

Young people, nursing homes
and video...a winning combo!
BY JACK YORK

L

ots of us have upsetting memories of our first childhood
experiences visiting nursing homes. For me it was the "convalescent hospital," a nursing home in southern California where
my grandmother lived and eventually died.
I have vivid, haunting memories of the weekly visits Mom
would insist I join. I loved my grandma; she was a bit eccentric but treated me like a young prince. But the woman I knew
as a child had little in common with this frail, virtually unconscious person. She could barely communicate. Her white room
was heartless and depressing. The facility looked horrible
and smelled worse. I'd walk in and count the minutes until the
ordeal was over. Those memories stay vivid in my mind to this
day, and shaped my perspective of aging.
Fast-forward about 50 years to the experience of high school
students walking out of interactions with a memory care community in a positive frame of mind. It's thanks to an idea conceived of by a remarkable woman, Denise Rabidoux, CEO of
EHM Solutions.

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"She is seeing firsthand the growth of
dementia within her client base and
wanted to find a way to shine a light on
that reality in a positive way, and get
younger people involved."

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MAY JUNE 2018

EHM's vision of senior living goes outside the box and
beyond the bricks and mortar of the facility. Denise has
always wanted to involve the community in projects with
her residents. Those projects (as is usually the case in

senior living) have a tendency to gravitate towards the more
independent residents. She is seeing firsthand the growth
of dementia within her client base. She wanted to find a way
to shine a light on that reality in a positive way, and to get
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