The Well-Being Project was a 2-year long project challenging the stigma surrounding dementia and exploring how to support well-being. Working collaboratively with Live Well, a non-profit provider in Connecticut, Eskaton re-imagined a future where differences are embraced and all persons’ regardless of physical and cognitive abilities can flourish. The project include employees, family members and residents living with dementia and explored innovative ways and approaches to better enhance the seven domains of well-being: identify, connectedness, security, autonomy, meaning, growth and joy.
Approximately one in three adults over 65 are living with hearing loss. The inability to hear clearly makes connecting and engaging more challenging, often leading to feelings of loneliness or isolation. Eskaton partnered with Eversound to test headphones that act as a sound amplifier to enhance sound clarity. The headphones have been used in art classes, resident council and book club. Residents and staff feel more connected and engaged during programs and residents are living at full volume.
Music has a transformative ability to enhance the way people feel. Music has been shown to improve one’s emotional and physical health. Eskaton partnered with SingFit to integrate not only music into the fabric of daily life but also movement. SingFit brings together residents and incorporates both singing and movement, which provides mind-body workout. Facilitators take residents on a journey with a special curated playlist, which has been specifically designed my certified music therapists.