MCLEAN, Va., April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE: SRZ) today announced that it will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the first-quarter 2012. Mar
The nursery is just one of several areas in the Sunrise centers designed to engage residents, said Rita Altman, senior vice president of memory care for Sunrise, which has facilities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
There are also art centers, offices, gardens and kitchens where residents may find familiar objects from their past.
Altman said the nurseries tend to attract residents who have an instinct to care for babies.
Some people, she said, may not be able to talk anymore but still find a sense of security with the dolls.
"You can read it in their body language when they pick up the doll," she said.
Rita Altman, R.N. is the vice president of memory care and programming at Sunrise Senior Living, which operates many residential communities for seniors across the U.S., as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom.Altman recently wrote a blog for the Huffington Post describing the amazing power of music and its role in Sunrise's Alzheimer's and Memory Care program.
She recalls witnessing phenomena, such as patients "who can no longer speak in a full sentence, but still can sing an entire song" or have "advanced memory loss [but] beautifully play an entire piece on a piano" (Altman).
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Rita Altman and The Sunrise Care Team Host Second #MemoryChat: Caregiving During The HolidaysSunrise Senior Living | November 25, 2014
Join Rita Altman, vice president of Memory Care Services and the rest of the Sunrise care team for a live, interactive Twitter chat online Thursday, December 18, 1-2 p.m. as we host a special holiday-focused discussion on caregiving.
Tune in to hear Rita and the Sunrise care team's advice for simple ways caregivers can make the most out of spending time with their loved ones experiencing memory loss this holiday season.
The #MemoryChat will be hosted via the @SunriseSrLiving Twitter handle, so be sure to tweet your questions and comments at us using the hashtag #MemoryChat.
You can also follow Rita and the rest of the Sunrise care team via their Twitter handles to follow their participation in our upcoming #MemoryChat.
Rita Altman, Vice President of Memory Care Services
Rita Altman is the vice president of Memory Care and Programming for Sunrise Senior Living where she uses the latest evidence-based research to design and oversee the implementation of Sunrise's memory care and assisted living programs.
Senior Vice President of Memory Care & Program Services
Rita Altman, Senior Vice President of Memory Care & Program ServicesRita Altman serves as senior vice president of Memory Care & Program Services and has been with Sunrise Senior Living since 2007.
Through the latest evidence-based research, she works to design and oversee memory care and assisted living programs implemented in Sunrise's more than 300 communities.
Her extensive nursing background spans over 35 years of experience in the fields of nursing education, staff development training, intergenerational programming, and management in childcare, adult day care, assisted living and skilled nursing settings.
"My personal mission at Sunrise is to promote quality and consistency in our memory care and program services by developing and implementing person-centered care and programs that enrich every resident's sense of purpose, joy and wellbeing.
More simply stated, my goal is to make each resident's day more meaningful and purposeful."
Only one of 10 Validation Masters worldwide, Rita has studied directly under Naomi Feil who developed the Validation Method and is a certified Validation Teacher herself.
Rita serves as a founding member of the North American Validation Association (NAVA), a board member of the Validation Training Institute in Cleveland, OH as a co-chair of the Education Committee and an Advisory Board Member of the Alzheimer's Family Assistance Center in Tunisia.Rita received her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania and MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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