Maplewood at Danbury
and its own Program Director, Gina Saunders were awarded Best Practices from
the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter for “Maplewood Giving Tree,” a resident
driven program that demonstrates outstanding work and creative programming in
the field of Alzheimer’s disease and memory care.
“Maplewood Giving Tree” was developed to provide local community volunteer service to other neighboring towns. Some of the community service activities include: making dog treat for the ASPCA, creating jewelry for Family and Children Aid, preparing sandwiches for a homeless shelter and putting together care packages for armed force service members. Maplewood at Danbury residents who volunteer are given the opportunity to gain the self-worth as well as pleasure from helping others. Having the opportunity to do this work inspired residents to reminisce about their experiences.
Pictured, from left to right: Eileen Duggan, Executive Director, Maplewood at Danbury, Mary Underwood, Vice President of Memory Care and Resident Experience, Maplewood Senior Living, Gina Saunders, Currents Program Director, Maplewood at Danbury, and Gregory D. Smith, CEO, Maplewood Senior Living.