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Likes and Follows

John Ratliff is already missing his daughter who is away in a special NY State camp for talented musicians. His new blog tells it all........... Likes and Follows For many years I have avoided social media like the plague, but recently my…
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Yo-Yo

John Ratliff writes about the importance of music in our lives. Here at Memory Matters music is an everyday therapy that is employed to entertain, but also to calm and relax.  To many of our memory care participants, it…
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Field Trip

Hi from Volunteer Mike: I can't wait for Christmas when there is magic in the air and when my own Grandchildren visit Memory Matters with me and bring their own high level of magic to the room. As I have oft times said, there is nothing better…
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A Billion Reasons

Barbara and I had been away on vacation visiting our European relatives and having fun. To catch up with the family you love is always good, and to enjoy discovering new places at the same time is a distinct bonus. Then going home was good…

Christmas Morning

Hi, this is Volunteer Mike introducing another John Ratliff short essay on life in general, with a special focus on his family and friends. I love reading these essays which always seem to arrive early in the morning! I tend to wake up early…
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DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING.

I love the way the participants in our Compass Program and Connections Class contribute to everyone having their best brain day. Their one-liners are so meaningful, like the one I used for the title of this blog. A Connections class gentleman…

MUSIC FROM THE YOUNG, FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART!

  Sometime in May 2016 a friend asked me to write a blog about Memory Matters "through the eyes of a volunteer" working in the social day program we call Compass, and later in the Connections class we teach those with mild memory…

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

Love is in the air! One of my Grandkids celebrated his 3rd birthday last Saturday and his family and friends were there to demonstrate their love and celebrate with him. We are fortunate that all our family lives locally, so my eldest…
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THE ART OF FORGETTING!

  Only Elephants Never Forget! There is no shame in forgetting! Today, our new 2018 Connections Class openly debated forgetfulness and concluded, both passionately and, at times emotionally, that it is really OK to forget. As…
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ALZHEIMER’S: ENCOURAGING RESEARCH NEWS TO START 2018

  Art Therapy. A regular feature of our programs. Two of my favorite volunteer elves, just prior to Christmas last year! Happy New Year to all our Memory Matters extended family, including our care givers and their  loved ones,…

LAUGHTER IN THE COMMUNITY

Our Connections classes continue to grow in size this year. Why is that? It could be any one of the many things I have written about over the past 18 months, through the eyes of this volunteer. In truth it's a blend of everything we do:…