Dementia and Alzheimer Residents Participate In Their Own Ski to Sea Relay Race

 

Submitted by The Bellingham at Orchard

The Bellingham at Orchard's mini Ski to Sea relay will give residents an opportunity to participate in something that's not only familiar, but offers a connection to friends and neighbors as well.
The Bellingham at Orchard’s mini Ski to Sea relay will give residents an opportunity to participate in something that’s not only familiar, but offers a connection to friends and neighbors as well.

A number of residents at The Bellingham at Orchard are long-time Whatcom County residents, and so they are familiar with the Ski to Sea Memorial Day Weekend traditions: the parade, festivities, and — of course — the big race. Our mini Ski to Sea relay will give residents an opportunity to participate in something that’s not only familiar, but offers a connection to friends and neighbors as well.

Erin Bean, Activities Director at The Bellingham at Orchard, voices her excitement, “We’re a part of Bellingham and we want to celebrate our small-town quirky culture, too!”

Bean also talks about the importance of this event and what she wants to accomplish for the residents.

“We are hoping to promote a greater sense of community through this fun event. Just like the large scale Ski to Sea relay race, there’s something that binds us to one another when we share a couple of laughs or competitive glances. When we come together and play, we become a part of something greater than ourselves. Those bonds, and those experiences, are so important in forming a sense of community.”

Aging doesn’t mean you lose your sense of adventure, vitality, or your need for community and purpose. That’s why we’re bringing this Bellingham favorite to our residents as we celebrate life, activity and friendship. Hosting this event is also a perfect opportunity to create happy memories for residents and their families who can be overwhelmed with the emotions that often accompany a dementia diagnosis.

The mission of The Bellingham at Orchard is to serve the needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other forms of memory loss. For more information, visit our website at www.thebellinghamatorchard.com or contact Ashley Ward at 360-715-1338.

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