Chester is 86 years young and has been coming to Curative’s Senior Center since 2017. He has Alzheimer’s disease and is legally blind, making it unsafe for him to be home alone. Fortunately, the senior center has proven to be a great community resource for Chester and his family.
His wife, Janet, drops him off in the morning so that she can go about her busy day knowing that her beloved Chester is in good hands. They’ve been married for over 62 years and have four children, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
“It gives me time to clear my mind, go shopping or have lunch with friends knowing that he is in a safe, supportive environment.”
Janet is pleased with the care Chester receives at the senior center and credits the program with helping him remain active and social. “His neurologist thinks the program at Curative is helping slow the progression of his Alzheimer’s,” said Janet. “He’s holding his own and it’s not getting any worse.”
Chester served in Okinawa during the Korean War and has been known to swap old war stories with his new friends at the senior center. He also participates in activities including art and music therapy, memory boosting games and programs that focus on increasing his physical activity.
Curative’s Senior Center has a licensed practical nurse (LPN) on staff, which is very comforting to Janet because Chester also has diabetes.
“He loves to eat, and they work with him to help manage his diabetes,” said Janet. “They really listen and if I make a request, they take care of it right away.”
Chester and Janet feel very fortunate to be able to stay in close contact with their family. They live in an in-law suite that is connected to their son’s home. “The grandkids always come in for food and Chester sits right in the kitchen, so he sees them all the time.”
Chester has a great sense of humor and is quick to share a joke or tell a funny story, keeping both the staff and guests at the senior center entertained. “It’s such a friendly place and he never resents me leaving him at Curative because he has so many friends there,” shared Janet. “The first time I dropped him off I felt like I had a lot of freedom.”
Chester and Janet share a very busy and full life. Curative plays an important role in keeping them both active. “Today I was able to go to a senior lunch at church,” shared Janet. “He was more than happy to come here to paint and be with his friends.”