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March 8, 2024

HERstory: Honoring the Journey of Individuals Living with Dementia

Category: Memory Care

Author: Beth Orsburn, Memory Care Director

Women’s History Month

HERstory serves as a tribute to the unique journey, experiences, and contributions of an individual living with dementia. Each HERstory carries a rich past of memories, relationships, and accomplishments that define their identity. As dementia progresses, memories begin to fade. Preserving and sharing these narratives become invaluable in honoring the person affected and maintaining their dignity. At The Township Senior Living, we believe in acknowledging and celebrating each individual’s life story. Through this approach, we affirm the inherent worth and complexity of those living with dementia. It allows us to transcend the limitations imposed by their condition.

Through storytelling, we bridge the gap between the past and the present. This fosters meaningful interactions and cultivates a sense of belonging for individuals living with dementia. By embracing their narratives with empathy and compassion, we counteract stigma, dispel misconceptions, and promote a culture of inclusivity and respect for individuals affected by dementia.

Below is a HERstory about one of the residents living in our Memory Care Neighborhood.

Mary Jo “Jodie” A. was born in July 1937 in Union, MO. After completing high school, she attended Southeast Missouri State University, obtaining her bachelor’s in education. There, she met the love of her life, James (Jim). She continued her education and received her master’s degree in education in 1993. Her most significant success in life was adopting her daughter, Sherri, in 1969.

Jodie was a public school teacher for 40 years. She was passionate about educating young people. Jodie expresses that she has a very blessed life and a loving daughter and son-in-law who have given her two wonderful grandsons.

Jodie has many hobbies and interests she has enjoyed over the years, including knitting and quilting. She has given several of her creations to her family as keepsakes. Jodie enjoys reading, gardening, and bird watching, and she strongly supports the arts and music. Jodie is most proud of her work as an educator, inspiring young people to learn and be whatever they want to be in life, her family, her faith, and all she has been blessed with.

Sharing the life story of someone living with dementia is not just an act of preserving memories; it’s an embodiment of compassion, understanding, and respect. By embracing their past, we honor their journey and provide valuable insights into who they are beyond the constraints of their condition through HERstory.

The Township Senior Living in Battlefield, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cox Medical Center South with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Backwoods Golf, Relics Antique Mall, Chesterfield Family Center, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, and Nathanael Green/Close Memorial Park-Botancial Gardens.

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