A Louisiana nursing home operator is taking its residents on trips down memory lane, hoping they’ll spark them to remember their past.
CCI’s Magnolia Estates in Lafayette, LA, most recently paid a visit to Russo Park, home of the Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team. Juris East — an 86-year-old resident who suffers from advanced dementia — has struggled to recall day-to-day happenings. But slipping on a baseball jersey and playing catch at the ballpark awakened something in him.
“He was just in awe when we got there, especially because the park has been redone and it’s so beautiful now,” Kori LeCompte, director of marketing for CCI, told the Acadiana Advocate. “He looked like a 14-year-old out there, just going around and throwing the ball. It was like he didn’t have a worry in the world, and he could just be in that moment.”
CCI and Magnolia Estates are planning further trips to help jog residents’ memories, including visits to the drive-in movie theater and lunch at a local diner. The trips have been just as important for family members. Juris East’s son, Kobe, was overcome with emotion when he saw pictures of his dad at the ballpark, bringing back memories of his teenage years playing at the same stadium.
“We went to ball games as kids. That’s why this is so important to us,” he said.