Memory Care HERstory

My name is Carrie Gray, and I’m the memory care director at Castlewood Senior Living.

In honor of Women’s History Month, I want to take a moment to celebrate Lillie, one of our neighborhood residents! 

Lillie was born and raised in Chester, PA. Her father was an immigrant from Italy, so as a child, Lillie learned Italian as a second language.

Lillie and her husband were married for 59 years, and together they raised five children. She worked for many years in customer service at Westinghouse. Lillie delights in sharing memories about her family and her past.

I feel it is important to honor the stories and history of individuals with dementia, because residents take pride in talking and sharing about their families and their past lives. Reminiscing is a way of engaging with residents and communicating with them in a positive way.

In the Castlewood Neighborhood, we try to connect individuals living with dementia to their personal history by using music, photos, and both one-on-one and group conversations. All of these are used to engage our residents. We also talk with residents about special objects and photographs they have in their apartment when we are assisting them with their daily needs.

For more HERstories, check out these recent episodes of Arrow Nicely News!