“Alzheimer’s Buddies” Program Course to be Offered On-Site
Claremont Place Senior Living and Cal Poly Pomona are extending their partnership of the “Alzheimer’s Buddies” program. Beginning April 7, Cal Poly University will be using Claremont Place as its classroom location for its Pomona Service Learning Course “Alzheimer’s Buddies”. This course will consist of 7-14 students who will be studying the effects of various interventions within Generations with the intention of providing enjoyment, companionship, comfort and well-being to our residents.
“We are so pleased to be accepted as a service learning site for a class offered by a California State University!” said Judith Jones, director of sales and marketing for Claremont Place. “The course will benefit the residents, the students, and the care staff.”
The spring course being offered at Claremont Place is Alzheimer’s Buddies [BIO 499S].
Course description and goals
This is a service-learning course designed for active volunteering, reflection, and improvement of the volunteer and patient experience at Claremont Place (120 W San Jose Ave, Claremont, CA 91711; http://claremontplace.com/). Claremont Place is an assisted living community for those in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Our program is modeled after the Harvard Alzheimer’s buddies program (https://alzheimersbuddies.org/). There are two major goals for this course: 1) to experience what it is like to try to form a connection with someone with dementia and 2) to study the process of dementia, the ways in which it is treated, and the strategies for treatment/management. This course will meet each Friday from 1:00-4:00 pm from April 7- June 2, 2017. The instructor is Andrew Steele, PhD
In 2015, Cal Poly Pomona began a partnership with Claremont Place Senior Living community for its Alzheimer’s Buddy Program. The program connects participating students with people battling Alzheimer’s disease, providing friendship and support. Buddies dedicate one hour a week to a resident with dementia at Claremont Place. The activities they do together can range from having small conversations to reading a magazine or listening to music. Responsibilities range outside of the senior residence as well: Buddies document their experiences each week as well as any progress noted, attend weekly reflection meetings and program and training events.
There are many fears associated with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s―chief among them is the fear of isolation. The Cal Poly Alzheimer’s Buddy Program is a student run organization dedicated to alleviating this fear and the emotional confinement associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Buddies are expected to approach every shift as a time to get to know their Alzheimer’s patient as a friend, and not a patient. This approach distinguishes them from caregivers, and allows the relationship to ensue naturally.
About Claremont Place Senior Living
Claremont Place provides the finest in Independent Living, Assisted living and Memory Care options for residents. Located in Claremont, California the expert trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information call (909) 447-5259 or visit www.claremontplace.com.