NAB functions by pairing college students with residents in local Alzheimer’s/dementia care facilities for weekly one-on-one visits. These students work with both family members and staff to determine the best way to utilize their visits in order to learn more about the interests and lives of the residents, thereby forming connections that help combat the isolation often felt by residents in such facilities. Additionally, NAB chapters in the past have helped educate campus communities about AD, launched music therapy initiatives, and performed clinical research studies. For more information about NAB, please see www.alzbuddies.org.
Gift Basket Making and Delivery
We will prepare gift baskets full of cards, movies, and other goodies to deliver to HAG and RegalCare. They will be in theme with each month we deliver them, and be filled with our love and support for these seniors who face elderly isolation, something which has especially been exacerbated by pandemic visiting restrictions.
Volunteering weekly at nursing homes
Yale Alzheimer's Volunteers will visit nursing homes (West Haven Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Hearth at Gardenside) and interact with residents on a weekly basis. Activities include playing board games, listening and talking, playing music, and making art. The goal of this activity is to empower students and buddies to break through the boundaries imposed by Alzheimer’s Disease and discover a new identity together.
Volunteering with Residents at The Hearth at Gardenside and RegalCare Nursing Homes
We pair our volunteers with residents with dementia in local Alzheimer’s/dementia care facilities (The Hearth at Gardenside and RegalCare) for weekly one-on-one visits. These students work with both family members and staff to determine the best way to utilize their visits in order to learn more about the interests and lives of the residents, thereby forming connections that help combat the isolation often felt by residents in such facilities.
FaceTime with residents at HAG and RegalCare
We will host weekly FaceTime sessions where Yale Alzheimer's Buddies can talk to and connect with residents with dementia or other neurodegenerative diseases living at Hearth at Gardenside or RegalCare.
We will organize a virtual concert as a form of musical therapy for patients with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. Volunteers with prior musical experience have been very excited at the prospect of playing their music for their Buddies, and will prepare a concert and record it to deliver it to these communities.
We are planning on holding a fundraiser where we will raise money with local restaurants to give to the nursing homes. Especially because one of the nursing homes we are working with is newer, we want to ensure they have the financial support they need in order to give residents the best care.